State Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo
State Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo CTMIRROR File Photo

State Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo has qualified for public financing for his re-election effort this year, the Guilford Democrat’s campaign announced Tuesday.

Lembo raised more than $75,000 – the threshold to secure public financing in the comptroller’s race – from more than 1,500 contributors. This will enable him to obtain more than $750,000 in public financing.

“It has been an honor to travel the state for the past few months, talking with residents about my accomplishments as state comptroller and engaging in a conversation about the future of Connecticut and my plans for a second term,” said Lembo, who was Connecticut’s healthcare advocate for six years before being elected comptroller in November 2010. “I am gratified and humbled by the support I have received from such a wide range of individuals.”

Keith has spent most of his 31 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut’s transportation and social services networks. He has been the state finances reporter at CT Mirror since it launched in 2010. Prior to joining CT Mirror Keith was State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, a reporter for the Day of New London, and a former contributing writer to The New York Times. Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.

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