Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti has endorsed Dave Walker for lieutenant governor in the Aug. 12 Republican primary.

“Dave Walker is by far the most qualified candidate for lieutenant governor,” Lauretti said. “He understands the challenges facing our state and its major cities. He has the ability to do at the state level what we’ve done in Shelton — control spending, promote economic growth and reduce tax burdens over time."

Walker is in a three-way primary for lieutenant governor. Walker’s campaign is affiliated with that of GOP gubernatorial contender John McKinney, but Lauretti has not made an endorsement in the governor’s race.

Lauretti had launched a campaign for governor this year, then later switched to running for lieutenant governor but failed to turn in enough petition signatures to qualify for the primary as a lieutenant governor candidate.

Walker praises Lauretti’s record

Walker said he is pleased to get Lauretti’s endorsement. “He is one of Connecticut's most successful and longest serving mayors,” Walker said of Lauretti, now in his 12th term as mayor.

“[Lauretti] has a proven track record of promoting economic growth and controlling government spending,” Walker said. “These are two of the keys of improving the competitive posture of our state and cities.“

Walker said Shelton has been an economic oasis within the stagnate Connecticut economy for many years. Most recently, Walker said, Unilever and United Healthcare relocated their Connecticut-based operations to Shelton.

About Dave Walker and the race

Walker is a former U.S. comptroller who now lives in Bridgeport. He has been a frequent guest on national TV shows to talk about financial and government issues.

The Republican endorsed candidate for lieutenant governor is state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi of Stafford. She is being challenged by Walker and Heather Bond Somers, a former Groton mayor, in the Aug. 12 statewide primary.