Stefanowski eager for a rematch with Lamont

During Bob Stefanowski's failed 2018 run for governor, political opponents painted him as a wealthy, out-of-touch Republican incapable of relating to the average citizen.

Now, Stefanowski is pursuing the state's top job again, and this time he's determined to tell voters a different story – one about a working class kid and successful businessman who wants to make Connecticut a better place for everyone.

In a recent interview with The Citizen, Stefanowski, who will turn 60 in May, explained that he lived in New Haven until about second grade. "My parents wanted a better school system and we ended up in North Haven," he said.

Stefanowski, his three sisters, and their parents lived in a modest three-bedroom, one-bathroom home.

Space was so tight, Stefanowski said, that he slept in a walk-in closet. Still, he looks back fondly on those days. “I loved it. It was great, it was safe, and it was secure,” he said of growing up in North Haven.

Stefanowski graduated from North Haven High School in 1980 and earned a bachelors degree in accounting from Fairfield University in 1984. In 1992, he attained a MBA from Cornell University.

Stefanowski would serve as an executive at General Electric, 3i Group, UBS and Dollar Financial Group, before turning his attention to politics in 2017.

A resident of Madison, Stefanowski said he wants to make Connecticut more affordable for residents, and is talking to voters about ethics in government and the need for transparency at the capitol.

Stefanowski also favors bolstering public safety efforts. “There has been a spike in crime in North Haven," said the married father of three. "And it was something we never saw years ago."

If Stefanowski is to be the Republican nominee for governor this year, he'll face incumbent Democrat Ned Lamont in November. In 2018, the men had a fairly tight race, with Lamont prevailing 694,694 votes to 650,113.

In announcing his reelection bid, Lamont said, “Look, I love the job, I think we’re making a difference, I think the state is much better off today than it was four years ago."




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