BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Former U.S. Comptroller General and Bridgeport resident David Walker has filed paperwork to seek the Republican nomination for governor, according to CT News Junkie.
Walker served as the U.S. Comptroller General from 1998 to 2008. The position is responsible for overseeing and ensuring fiscal and managerial accountability for the federal government. He is currently a strategic advisor for PricewaterhouseCoopers and previously ran for lieutenant governor in 2014, when he came in third, CT News Junkie reported.
Walker told CT News Junkie that he was most qualified to bring a change to Connecticut, and that he would focus on jobs and the economy, fiscal responsibility, and accountability. He wants to work on tax reform and restructuring state employee contracts, and also plans on instituting term limits for governor, CT News Junkie reported.
Last year, Walker was among a number of Black Rock residents who were upset about large tax increases in the city of Bridgeport. He said at the time that fiscal mismanagement and lack of accountability had hurt the city.
Walker joins a growing list of potential candidates for governor in next year's race. CT News Junkie reports that other candidates who have formally filed paperwork to seek the Republican nomination include Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, state Rep. Prasad Srinivasan of Glastonbury, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Trumbull First Selectman Timothy Herbst, and former Coventry Town Councilman Micah Welinktukonis. Democratic candidates who have filed papers to run include Middletown Mayor Dan Drew and former Branford First Selectman candidate Jacey Wyatt, CT News Junkie reported. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has yet to announce whether he would seek a third term.
Walker told CT News Junkie that he also wants to modify the state education funding formula, and that if he becomes the nominee he will focus on running a positive, ideas-centered campaign.