Race for comptroller: One Democrat drops out, Lembo and Jarjura remain

Democratic state Rep. Tom Reynolds of Ledyard announced today he would not force a primary for the nomination for state comptroller.

Reynolds received 24 percent of delegate votes at Saturday’s Democrat convention, well above the 15 percent minimum needed to guarantee a spot on the Democratic Aug. 10 primary ballot.

“I have concluded that the interests of the state, the party, and my family are best served by declining such an opportunity,” he said in an e-mailed statement.

Kevin Lembo, who worked in the state’s comptroller office before becoming the state’s health care advocate, captured the Democratic endorsement with 55 percent of delegate votes.

Waterbury Mayor Michael Jarjura also received enough votes for a spot on the primary ballot, but has said he will decide by the end of the week if he will force a primary.

On the Republican ticket for comptroller, Darien businessman Jack Orchulli was unanimously approved to become the Republican nominee during their Saturday convention.