Citing the need for help for the middle class, his success in his city and the need to fight against Donald Trump’s America, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew announced he is exploring a run for governor. He is the first Democrat to file he paperwork for an exploratory committee even as Gov. Dannel Malloy has yet to say if he is running for a third term.
“For too long, government has been focused on helping the people at the very top, while those in the middle are left behind,” Drew wrote in a fundraising email. “Connecticut can and must embrace the big ideas and bold changes we need to improve the lives of the people of our state: a dignified retirement for every senior, a great education for every child, and good-paying jobs for every worker.”
Drew has enjoyed some big success in Middletown, overseeing new business in town as well as infrastructure improvements. He is a rising star in state Democratic politics as a new generation of leaders. “I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished in Middletown. Together, we slashed unemployment in half, renewed our commitment to green energy, and lowered property taxes while improving public services. I’m confident that the approach we’ve taken in Middletown will serve the people of Connecticut well in every corner of our state,” he wrote.
Like other Democrats, Drew sees a President Donald Trump as something to be resisted. “This election is also an opportunity to fight for our progressive values in the age of Donald Trump. We must fight for a fair economy, create good jobs, and make clear that our government must work for everyone, not just the insiders and wealthy special interests.”
Drew gets a jump on the Democratic race before state Comptroller Kevin Lembo, also a rising star whose differences with Malloy play out on the statewide stage unlike Drew, who runs a municipality. Republican Mayor Mark Boughton of Danbury has opened an exploratory committee. Trumbull GOP First Selectman Tim Herbst is also interested.
Drew, 38, is in his third term as Mayor.