Michael Jarjura said Wednesday he has raised the $75,000 in small contributions needed to qualify for the public financing of his campaign for comptroller.

“This is fantastic news,” the Waterbury mayor said during a phone interview. He intends to file the necessary paperwork at the State Elections Enforcement Commission on Thursday, when the commission is expected to approve more than $2 million for the gubernatorial campaign of Republican Michael C. Fedele.

Jarjura faces the state’s health care advocate, Kevin Lembo, in a Democratic Primary Aug. 10.

Lembo, the Democratic Party endorsed candidate, is also working to raise enough money to qualify for the $375,000 in public financing by the July 16th deadline. The winner of the primary can receive $750,000 in public financing for the general election.

Jarjura said the “bulk” of the donations to his campaign came from the Waterbury area and less than $1,000 from out-of-state residents.

Fedele will be the second candidate for governor to get funding under the Citizens’ Election Program.

Democrat Dan Malloy has received $2.5 million, a basic grant of $1.25 million for a gubernatorial primary and a supplemental grant to partisally offset spending by Ned Lamont, who is largely self-financing his campaign.

Based on spending by the endorsed Republican, Tom Foley, Fedele also is eligible for a supplemental grant.

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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