Oz Griebel to run for governor

The Republican field for governor is about to grow by one: Oz Griebel, a Greater Hartford business leader, intends to announce his candidacy at noon Thursday on the north steps of the State Capitol.

Griebel is the president and chief executive officer of the Metro Hartford Alliance, which serves as the region’s chamber of commerce.

He is jumping into a race now dominated by two downstate Republicans: Tom Foley of Greenwich and Lt. Gov. Michael C. Fedele of Stamford. Lawrence DeNardis, a former congressman and university president, also is close to declaring.

A press advisory from Griebel says he will make stops Thursday in Torrington, Hartford, Mystic and Stamford to kick off his campaign.

Like Foley, who is an investor and business executive, Griebel intends to stress his business background and an economic development agenda.

Griebel was the chief executive office of BankBoston’s Connecticut subsidiary from 1993 to 1999. He has been with the Metro Hartford Alliance since 2001.

He is married and lives in Simsbury.