Boucher endorses McKinney for governor

State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26th), who represents Wilton, today endorsed state Senate Republican Leader John McKinney to be the next governor of the state of Connecticut. Mr. McKinney currently represents the 28th District, which includes a portion

Ms. Boucher, who had explored running for governor herself, is the only Republican woman currently serving in the state Senate. She said, “This is a critical election for Connecticut and for the Republican Party, and I believe John McKinney is the most qualified candidate to put both our state and our party back on solid ground.”

Ms. Boucher will seek another term as state senator in November.

Ms. Boucher is a ranking member of the General Assembly’s Transportation, Education and Higher Education committees. She is also a member of the General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee and has received multiple awards as a children and environmental champion. Ms. Boucher has more than 30 years of executive business experience. She has held leadership roles with Fortune 50 companies and co-founded small businesses. She is a director at a $26-billion nonprofit investment fund manager, holds a series 7, 63 and an MBA from UCONN. She is a former member of the Wilton Board of Education and Wilton Board of Selectmen.

Sen. John McKinney

“The economy is going to be an important issue in this election and no one has been more aggressive at taking the fight directly to Gov. Malloy on fiscal issues than John McKinney,” she continued. “But, education, transportation and women’s issues also need our attention and, on these issues, which are a priority for me and my constituents, Sen. McKinney reflects the views of the vast majority of Connecticut Republicans better than any other candidate. He was a vocal leader on the transportation committee. He is working with teachers, administrators and parents to help right the wrongs of Gov. Malloy’s failed attempt at education reform. And, as a father of two girls, he has fought for equal opportunities for women both in the legislature and through private involvement in community organizations,” Ms. Boucher said.

“John has been a trusted friend and devoted public servant for nearly two decades, and I have watched him grow into the exceptional leader he is today. John takes on the tough issues and he does it with more than rhetoric. He offers solutions and he fights for the best possible results for his constituencies. He will make a great governor,” she said.

Mr. McKinney welcomed the endorsement. “Our party and our state are fortunate to have Sen. Boucher, and I am deeply grateful for her endorsement. Toni is everything a public servant is supposed to be — compassionate with her constituents, thoughtful in her deliberations, and outspoken in defense of what she believes is right for the people she represents. I have learned a great deal from Toni and I look forward to her continued participation in my campaign.”