First Selectman Tim Herbst’s exploratory committee got off to a fast start, raising $83,444 in the first three months of 2017. Herbst received donations from 935 individuals, an average of just over $89 per donation.The fund-raising efforts put his campaign more than one-third of the way toward the $250,000 threshold for small donations needed to qualify for state funding of a campaign for governor under the Citizens’ Election Program. Herbst has not declared his candidacy for any statewide office, but is widely believed to be planning a gubernatorial run. Herbst lost a close race for state treasurer in 2014.
“To be one-third of the way there, on track to reach our goal more than a year before the Republican convention, shows that we have very strong momentum,” Herbst said. “We have already raised more than in the entire 2014 election cycle.”