Connecticut Governor

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Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

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Jan 04, 2022 - Aug 06, 2022


The Governor of the State of Connecticut is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Connecticut. The Governor of Connecticut is responsible for upholding the constitution and faithfully executing all laws, is the head of Connecticut's military forces at all times other than when those forces have been called into national service. The Governor must periodically address the joint session of the legislature, with details of the current state of Connecticut's affairs and his suggestions for policy. The governor had the prerogative to grant reprieves after conviction. However, Connecticut stands out for other states in that governor does not have the ability to grant pardons. Additionally, his right to grant reprieves does not extend to cases of impeachment. The governor has a veto on all bills from the state legislature, including appropriations, subject to a supermajority override by the legislature. Other duties and privileges of the office include: adjourning the legislature when the body cannot agree on a time to adjourn itself, until a date he deems proper; requiring written reports from any and all officers of the Executive branch on any aspect of that officer's job; authorizing and signing all commissions given by the state of Connecticut. The salary of this office is $150,000/year.

Application Guidelines
To run as an unaffiliated (independent) candidate in Connecticut you must gather signatures from qualified electors to get on the ballot. The first thing a candidate should do is confirm with the Connecticut Secretary of State that their address is located in the district that they looking to run in. Candidates must also obtain an Application for Nominating Petition which can be mailed to the candidate or downloaded from the Connecticut Secretary of State’s webpage ([email protected]). Additionally, Candidates must follow Connecticut campaign finance laws and filings. Candidates may start collecting signatures on the first business day of the year they are looking to compete in, and the petition must be submitted to the Connecticut Secretary of State’s office or the town clerk in which they reside 90 days prior to the election by 4pm (August 8, 2018). The amount of signatures can be either one percent of the total amount of votes cast for the same office in the preceding election, or 7,500, whichever is lesser. Running for office in Connecticut can be complicated so we strongly encourage candidates to contact the Secretary of State’s office as soon as interested in running at (860) 509-6100. Please note: If you plan to run as part of a major or minor party, the filing details differ. The filing deadlines are earlier as well. Please contact your local party headquarters for more details.