Former Secretary of the State Pauline R. Kezer joined Avon Republican Martha Dean’s effort to become attorney general today, assuming the post of campaign director.

Kezer, an Old Saybrook Republican who served as Connecticut’s chief elections official from 1991 through 1994, also waged an unsuccessful primary in the latter year for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, losing to John G. Rowland.

“I’m delighted and honored that Pauline is joining my campaign,” Dean said. “Pauline knows what it takes to win a state-wide election and what it takes to run an important state office successfully. She is a skilled and experienced holder of high elected office in Connecticut. She is also a strong woman of supreme integrity who is well-respected all across Connecticut.”

Kezer, who served as vice chairwoman of the state party from 1987 to 1989, said she is “energized and excited” to join Dean’s campaign. “Martha’s combination of incredible intelligence, excellent legal skills, and over two decades of active legal experience will make her an outstanding Attorney General.”

With her 1990 victory, Kezer became the first Republican to win a constitutional office since Thomas Meskill was elected governor in 1970. She also served in the General Assembly from 1979 through 1986

Kezer currently teaches a course on Women, Advocacy, and Political Change at Central Connecticut State University and is a trustee and vice president of The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook.

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