Public Office: MDC commissioner, 2003-2010; Mayor of Newington, 2007 to present
Current Position: Mayor of Newington; Owner of Jeff Wright, CFP, independent financial planning practice.
Background: Wright is a certified financial planner who has served in the volunteer position of mayor of Newington since 2007. Calling himself “Connecticut’s cash cop,” Wright says he is running for treasurer so his three young children will be able to stay in Connecticut when they grow up.
He believes the state pension fund is underfunded and that the investment returns on it are below demand and the level of other states’s funds.
He has vowed as treasurer to stop what he calls “TBS” – tax, borrow and spend – policies of the current state government.
In June, when the Fitch Ratings Service lowered Connecticut’s bond rating from AA+ to AA, Wright accused incumbent treasurer Denise Nappier of not working hard enough to stop the legislature from turning to borrowing to balance the budget. “Where has Nappier been as the red ink has risen to tsunami proportions?” he asked.
Wright started off the year as a Republican candidate for governor, but dropped out in March, less than two months into his campaign, switching to the treasurer’s race. He also abruptly resigned his position as MDC commissioner early this year partly in protest of chairman William DiBella’s re-election even as he faces corruption charges.
Education: B.A., Marist College
Personal: Wright is 38 and married to Marina Emrey-Arras Wright. The couple has 3 children lives in Newington.