The Secretary of the State’s office today announced that Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti fell short of the number of signatures needed to get his name listed on the ballot for the Republican primary for lieutenant governor.
Lauretti needed 8,190 signatures. He got 6,753.
Lauretti and his governor’ s race running mate, Mark Boughton had been scrambling to gather enough petitions to get Lauretti on the primary ballot.
If Lauretti had qualified, it would have helped Boughton qualify for state campaign funding, because candidates for governor and lieutenant governor are allowed to pool their donations, to get enough for state funding.
Boughton dropped out of the governor’s race last week.
The primary is August 12.