- Associated Press - Monday, January 13, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Potential Republican candidates are coming forward to challenge Connecticut’s incumbent Democratic constitutional officers.

Former U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker on Monday announced he has formed an exploratory committee for statewide office and is interested in the lieutenant governor spot on the November ticket.

State Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. said more qualified candidates approach him every day, expressing an interest in running for the underticket seats.

Stafford Springs Rep. Penny Bacchiochi (BAH’-kee-ah-kee) has already formed an exploratory committee and expressed interest in the lieutenant governor position.

Other potential candidates considering or seeking statewide positions include Trumbull First Selectman Timothy Herbst and Fairfield attorney Peter Lumaj (loo-MAHJ’).

Incumbent Democratic Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Treasurer Denise Nappier and Comptroller Kevin Lembo have each said they’re running for re-election.

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