Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says he will make a \”major announcement\’\’ Tuesday regarding his gubernatorial campaign, but he would not say Monday what those plans are.
Three well-placed Republican sources, however, told Capitol Watch that Boughton will name former Groton mayor and current council member Heather Bond Somers as his running mate.
Boughton will be driving clear across the state to the Gold Star Highway in Groton to make the announcement – going essentially 100 miles from the New York State border nearly to the Rhode Island border.
A native of Groton, Somers, 47, served from 2003 through 2009 on the Groton Town Council. She then moved briefly to New London before moving back to win the local race in November 2011.
A graduate of Robert E. Fitch Senior High School in Groton, she later graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor\’s degree in economics and English. Somers has been heavily involved in the healthcare industry and helped create a medical device manufacturing company with partners in Willimantic in 1997.
Somers supported former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays in the Republican primary in 2012 against Greenwich wrestling entrepreneur Linda McMahon. Somers sat next to Shays during a press conference on June 25, 2012 at the U.S. Submarine Veterans Club in Groton, where Shays blasted McMahon as \”clueless,\’\’ \”beyond an amateur,\’\’ and not qualified to serve in the U.S. Senate.
She is married to Dr. Mark Somers, a cardiologist who made news after suffering chest pains at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in December 2007 while he was working. Somers literally got into one of the beds in the hospital\’s cardiac care unit and asked a nurse to perform an EKG on him. The nurse handed him the printout with the EKG results - the type of information that he reads on a regular basis as a cardiologist. Somers instinctively knew that the results did not look very good, and within the week he had double bypass surgery.
Boughton said flatly on Monday night that he would not reveal the details of the announcement but added that it would be worthwhile for reporters to make the long trip to Groton. Somers had been mentioned as seeking the Republican nomination for Secretary of the State. She did not return a telephone call last week from The Courant\’s Daniela Altimari concerning her plans for the 2014 election cycle.