Herbst says he will be "barnstorming the state" as Election Day approaches

Scathing commercials, disagreements on debates and political sparring have kept First Selectman Tim Herbst’s campaign for state treasurer in the spotlight.

With less than a week before Election Day, Herbst, who is challenging long-time incumbent Denise Nappier, said the attention shows that people aren’t happy with the status quo.

“The momentum our campaign is generating in the final week of the campaign demonstrates that all voters, irrespective of their political affiliations, are very concerned with the financial future of Connecticut,” Herbst told The Times this week. “With an $80 billion unfunded pension liability and the highest levels of debt per person of any state in the nation, after 16 years, this problem has gotten worse and not better under Denise Nappier.”

Throughout the campaign season, Herbst told The Times that he’s been focusing on town business and campaigning in his off hours, with little rest.

Herbst, who has been urging Nappier to debate, clashed with the Democrat in a NBC Connecticut debate Wednesday night, that will air again Sunday, Nov. 2 and can be viewed here. The two debated over the health of the state pension funds and questioned each other's ethics.

Recently, Trumbull’s first selectman has picked up some key endorsements from media around the state.

“As we enter the final week of the campaign, I am encouraged by the momentum we are building,” he said. “I am proud to have received the endorsement of The Hartford Courant, the New London Day and The Norwich Bulletin.”

Herbst has said one of the changes he will advocate for, if elected, is to take power away from the state treasurer’s office. He believes the office has too much power to make unilateral moves with the pension.

“It is time to start digging Connecticut out of the hole we are in and in the final lap of this campaign I will be barnstorming the state with a 30 town swing to make the case for reform,” he said.