Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman plans to form an exploratory committee to run for governor. She would become the 7th Democratic candidate to have either an exploratory or candidate committee in the race for the nomination. Glassman ran for lieutenant governor with Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy at the top of the ticket in 2006. They faced-off in a primary against New Haven Mayor John DeStefano and West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka. In a rare occurrence, DeStefano beat Malloy in the primary but Glassman handily beat Slifka putting DeStefano and Glassman together for the general election (which they, of course, lost).

Glassman has served in a number of positions at the Capitol: state Representative, counsel to then-Speaker Moira Lyons, policy director for then-Senate President Kevin Sullivan and as Sullivan’s chief of staff when he moved up to Lt. Governor. Glassman is likely to shake things up in the Democratic primary this year; an attractive candidate with substantial state and local government experience. [Disclosure: The author of The Hanging Shad worked with Glassman for several years in the state Senate Democratic Caucus].