Lt. Gov. Wyman not running for Governor despite push for more women in office

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The push is on to get more women to run for office. There were substantial victories by women in the municipal elections earlier this month.

On Thursday, an effort is being launched to recruit more women to run for office next year and some legislative districts will be targeted to help those candidates.

However, despite being one of the two most visible women elected office holders, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman has confirmed that she will not be running for Governor in 2018.

Meanwhile, political observers are still waiting to see what House Republican leader Themis Klarides is going to do.

Wyman has released the following statement on the 2018 Governor’s race:

I thank the people of Connecticut for having given me the great honor and privilege of serving as their Lieutenant Governor.

Four decades ago, I ran for a seat on the Tolland Board of Education to be a voice for my children. Many years later, I’ve been humbled and proud to serve with men and women on both sides of the aisle who were strong and honorable leaders, who did their duty in the best interests of their constituents and the state as a whole, and who helped make Connecticut a better place.

I want to thank everyone who has come forward with offers to help on a campaign—Democrats, Republicans, and unaffiliated voters from across the state. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming and humbling. I made this decision after careful consideration and discussion with my family and friends, and after my granddaughter, a freshman at college, asked a simple question, ‘will you come over for dinner, Grandma?’

It took four weeks to schedule that dinner. This is not how I want to be a grandparent. I believe that family should come first.

While I will not seek election to the Governor’s office in 2018, I am proud of our accomplishments on so many issues: healthcare, education, veterans’ services, and human rights to name a few. I look forward to supporting the next generation as they find their voices—just as I did when I ran for the Board of Education. We have a lot to look forward to. People are organizing and standing up for what they believe in—justice, healthcare, human rights—in ways we haven’t seen in decades. More women are running for office, and we see more diversity in our elected officials. These are positive indicators of an informed and active electorate.

I am deeply appreciative to Governor Malloy for asking me to run as his Lieutenant Governor. I believe that people will come to understand the truly extraordinary work he and this administration have done, underpinned by a profound commitment to the people who elected us.

They are among the many people in this state who, every single day, commit to making this a better place for everyone. I have been honored to work with them, and I will continue to support their efforts.”

Governor Dannel Malloy released the following statement upon hearing of Wyman’s decision.

Nancy Wyman is an extraordinary public servant, an insightful leader, and also a dear friend. It has been and continues to be an honor and a privilege to serve as Governor alongside such a talented and great Lieutenant Governor. Throughout her remarkable career, she has given a voice to those who are less fortunate, disaffected, or vulnerable. She has improved the lives of her constituents across Connecticut in countless ways, perhaps most notably by leading the creation of a statewide individual healthcare market place that is a model for states across the country.

“Words are inadequate to express my gratitude, humility, and appreciation for Nancy’s partnership. I have often said that she is the best Lieutenant Governor one could have, and she proves me right time and time again. Her potential is limitless – and knowing Nancy, she will continue serving and giving voice to others, no matter what she chooses to do next. On behalf of myself, my staff, and my family, we thank her for all she has done and continues to do.”

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