Bacchiochi enters Connecticut lieutenant governor race

Hartford (AP) — State Rep. Penny Bacchiochi says she's officially running as a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.

The Stafford lawmaker on Monday announced she is closing her candidate exploratory committee and transitioning into a formal campaign for lieutenant governor. Because she is participating in the state's public campaign financing system, she'll be able to transfer qualified contributions of $100 or less to the new candidate committee.

Bacchiochi said she made the decision to become an official candidate after raising $75,000 and visiting the majority of Republican Town Committees in the state.

Former U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker in January formed an exploratory committee for statewide office and said he's also interested in the lieutenant governor spot.

The State Republicans are meeting May 16-17 to endorse their slate of 2014 candidates.

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