Herbst announces bid for reelection

UPDATED Tuesday, April 7: First Selectman Tim Herbst has formally announced he will run for reelection in November’s municipal election for the town's top office.

He  spoke to the The Times late Monday saying he waited to announce so that he could focus on governing.

"I wanted to really focus on governing and getting the budget finalized and implementing a lot of reforms," he said.

Among those goals was forming a Senior Center/Library Building Committee.

Herbst also talked about his future political goals.

"My future plans are to focus on the next six months and I don't know what the future holds," he said. "I think the reason we did so well in the state treasurer campaign and ran the strongest campaign of any statewide candidate was that we were able to tell the Trumbull story and it's a good story of reform."

Herbst made the original announcement on the Chaz and AJ in the Morning which airs on 99.1 WPLR, 102.9 the Whale and 95.9 the Fox.

“After five and a half years and a lot of success and hard work I’m announcing that I’m a candidate for reelection for first selectman of the Town of Trumbull,” Herbst said.

Hosts of the morning show asked if anyone would be surprised by the news.

“I think some people are waiting to see what I’m going to do, coming off the state run last year,” he said.

The show’s hosts also asked if Herbst would be considering a run for governor in the future.

“That is a long way away,” Herbst said.

“That’s kind of a yes,” Host Chaz responded.

Herbst said it was not a yes but that he is 34 and a run for governor could be something he considers years from now.

Trumbull Democrats have not yet announced a candidate for first selectman.