Newington mayor gets GOP nod for state treasurer

Newington Mayor Jeffrey Wright, who converted his gubernatorial campaign into a bid for state treasurer in late March, easily won the Republican State Convention endorsement this afternoon over Andrew. G. White of Ridgefield, with 91 percent of the vote.

Wright, 38, who has been mayor since 2007, noted that Connecticut already boasts one of the highest levels of bonded debt, per capita, in the nation. A certified financial planner, Wright said this debt, and the dangerous lack of funds supporting the state employee pension plan, are longstanding problems he wants to reverse.

“We need a cash cop if we’re going to lead Connecticut’s comeback on a strong fiscal foundation,” he said.

White, a hedge fund portfolio manager, did not receive enough votes to qualify for a primary.