Boughton makes public appeal to get Lauretti on ballot

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said Friday that his gubernatorial campaign needs to collect 1,482 more signatures by 4 p.m. Tuesday to get his running mate, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, on the Republican primary ballot in August.

Boughton won sufficient votes at last month’s convention to qualify for a three-way primary with Tom Foley and John P. McKinney, but Lauretti did not agree to be his running mate until after the convention. He needs 8,190 signatures to qualify for the primary.

Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor appear separately on the primary ballot. Boughton needs Lauretti to qualify mainly so they can pool their qualifying contributions for public financing.

Alone, Boughton seems unlikely to raise the $250,000 in qualifying contributions.