It’s official: Lauretti running for lieutenant governor with Boughton

Mayor Mark Lauretti filed the necessary paperwork to run for lieutenant governor on Friday morning.

“I shifted gears,” Lauretti said at about 11:15 a.m. on May 23. “I just left the Secretary of the State’s Office.”

He will be teaming up in the Republican primary campaign with Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who will be a candidate for governor in the Aug. 12 primary.

“Boughton and I have formed a joint committee,” Lauretti said.

Lauretti still will need to get almost 8,200 petition signatures from registered Republicans in the state by June 10 to qualify for the primary — which is not an easy task.

Boughton automatically qualified for the primary by getting more than 15% of the delegates at the Republican State Convention.

If Lauretti qualifies through the petition signature route, he is likely to face three other candidates in the GOP primary for lieutenant governor.

Lauretti, the 12-term governor of Shelton, had been running for governor.