Reports: Boughton to Tap Former Groton Mayor Heather Bond Somers as Running Mate

Likely seeking geographical and gender balance, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton will announce Tuesday morning he is choosing former Groton Mayor Heather Bond Somers as his running mate as he seeks the Republican nomination for governor.

Boughton will be in Groton Tuesday to make the announcement. He is traveling as far as possible from Danbury while staying in Connecticut. He is choosing another municipal leader, distinguishing his ticket from that the candidacy of former ambassador to Ireland and 2010 GOP nominee Tom Foley and state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, the other two top tier candidates.

Bond Somers is an accomplished businesswomen having been involved in the health care field. A call to the Somers household was answered but Ms. Bond Somers was not at home.

Photo Groton Patch
Photo Groton Patch

Boughton knows firsthand that Connecticut’s election system does not always allow running mates to stay together. Primary voters choose candidates for governor and lieutenant governor separately. In 2010, Boughton was paired as the number two with Michael Fedele only to end up as Foley’s running mate when they each won their respective primaries.

In 2006, then-New Haven Mayor John DeStefano defeated then-Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy in the Democratic primary but Malloy’s running mate, now-Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman, won her primary and was paired with DeStefano in the general election.