Griebel, Frank, on brink of November ballot

August 24, 2018

Whether or not he wins the Independent Party endorsement at its weekend caucus, Oz Griebel and Monte Frank, the bipartisan team of unaffiliated candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, will likely be on the statewide ballot November 6.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill on Friday morning reported that the duo has 6,937 certified petition signatures, as local voting officials continue to verify the names of registered voters from throughout Connecticut.

By Friday afternoon, Griebel, a former regional business leader from Hartford, might have enough names to exceed the 7,500 names needed to make the November election, even without the backing of a political party. There is a September 5 deadline to certify the signatures.

Earlier this month Griebel, a former Republican candidate for governor from Simsbury, and Frank, a Democratic lawyer from Newtown, submitted more than 10,000 signatures that as many as 200 volunteers gathered from state voters.

Griebel on Sunday will be among five people, including Bob Stefanowski, the Republican candidate for governor, and Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, in Waterbury to seek the state Independent Party’s endorsement to run on that party’s line on November 6.

Since announcing his intentions to run independently for governor, Griebel has been confident that the required signatures could be accumulated. But without joining the state’s voluntary public-financing program, Griebel and Frank has been way behind in fund-raising.

The July filing Griebel’s campaign submitted to the State Elections Enforcement Commission, indicates that they have raised less than $221,000, with a meager $12,624.11 on hand to run a campaign on which other candidates are spending multi-millions.

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