Somers approved for public campaign financing

Lieutenant governor candidate and Groton Town Councilor Heather Bond Somers was notified Thursday that she has been approved for public campaign financing.

Under the state's campaign finance laws, Somers needed to raise $75,000 in small donations of $100 or less to qualify for about $406,000 in public campaign financing. She submitted paperwork for $80,000, to have a buffer in case some amounts were disqualified, she said.

The state Elections Enforcement Commission voted Wednesday to award her the grant for $406,275 as a candidate for lieutenant governor in a primary.

“It’s huge,” Somers said Thursday. “It’s big, it’s a huge feat. I’m really excited that we made it through and we’re ready to hit the ground running.”

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