Martha Dean

Public Office: None

Current Position: Law Offices of Martha Dean, 1994-present.

Background: Martha Dean, who was steamrolled in her 2002 election for attorney general by incumbent Democrat Richard Blumenthal, doesn’t face the burden this time of having an opponent with name-recognition comparable to Connecticut’s most popular Democrat.

But in former state Sen. George Jepsen of Stamford, she does face a seasoned political veteran with a long record of public service.

Dean has taken heart in her earlier loss, noting that she offered the strongest showing of any Republican who ran against Blumenthal as an incumbent since he first sought re-election as attorney general in 1994 (she received 34 percent of the vote).

And her message this time around is largely similar to the platform she offered in 2002. Centered on what she calls three pillars: freedom, faith and fortune, Dean advocates economic liberty and restraint against unnecessary government interference. Dean pledges to fight abusive eminent domain practices and excessive government regulations on business.

But Dean also says Connecticut’s economic situation is more dire now than during her first campaign, adding that the state is two or three decades removed from a time when entrepreneurial spirit and personal responsibility were emphasized. “I believe we face an economic combined with a leadership crisis combined with a cultural crisis,” she said. “Connecticut was a very strong, competitive state once.”

Though prosperity – which she calls fortune — is an obvious goal and all candidates talk about job creation, Dean said most fail to understand that government won’t be creating the bulk of those jobs. Rather than promoting tax policies that “pick winners and losers,” or launching lawsuits that stifle the business climate, state government should step out of the picture and allow Connecticut’s residents to grow their own economy, she said.

Under her pillar of faith, Dean says she will encourage recognition “that separation of church and state does not mean and has never meant eliminating recognition of Judeo-Christian faith heritage from public” activities.

Dean has been practicing law in Connecticut for 22 years, having spent the last 16 in her own practice. She worked prior to that at Robinson & Cole, a major private firm with nine offices throughout the Northeast, and for the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

Education: BA, Wellesley College; JD, University of Connecticut

Personal: Married to Malcolm McGough and lives in Avon.