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Jul 19, 2018

Marisa Manley, independent candidate for governor,​ ​Criticizes Gov. Malloy’s toll roads study

“Connecticut does ​not ​need to waste money on a study​ ​nor pass another tax to fund transportation.” HARTFORD, CT – Marisa Manley, independent (Connecticut United Growth Party) candidate for Connecticut governor, today criticized Gov. Dan​nel​ Malloy’s executive order to spend $10 million to study highway tolls. “Connecticut’s residents already suffer the highest taxes in the country. And now Governor Malloy has bypassed the legislature and ordered a $10 million waste of taxpayer money...

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Jul 09, 2018

Marisa Manley, independent candidate for governor, selects Rick Varrone from Milford as Lt. Governor candidate

Petition effort underway; 7,500 signatures needed to qualify for Nov. ballot MILFORD, CT – Marisa Manley, independent (unaffiliated) candidate for Governor of Connecticut, has chosen Rick Varrone from Milford, as her Lt. Governor running mate. Over the past weekend, the Manley/Varrone campaign began circulating petitions to obtain 7,500 signatures in order to qualify for the November ballot. The deadline for submitting the petitions is August 6. Rick Varrone, a lifelong...

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Jun 19, 2018

Marisa Manley, independent candidate for governor, says resolving Connecticut’s financial crisis and saving employee pensions requires a fundamental restructuring

“Neither lawmakers nor taxpayers can hide from the costs any longer.” HARTFORD, CT – Marisa Manley, independent (unaffiliated) candidate for Connecticut governor, said today that the solution to fixing the State’s underfunded pension system must start with a fundamental  restructuring. A recent report by the American Legislative Exchange Council found that Connecticut had the worst pension system in the nation - $127.7 billion in liabilities, leaving the pension system only...

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May 17, 2018

What’s next for CT’s unfunded pensions, since the legislature did nothing

Connecticut’s unfunded pensions for state employees – about $127 billion in debt borne by today’s taxpayers – are much talked about. As the legislative session ended, once again, nothing was done to stem the continuing losses and increasing debt payments.  Those who blocked reform may think they won, but the victory is truly Pyrrhic. Likely consequences? If taxes are raised again, expect to see more and more people moving out...

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Apr 30, 2018

Connecticut’s Public Funding for Elections No Benefit for Independent Voices

Letter to the Wall Street Journal: As an independent candidate for governor of Connecticut, I agree with Nick Nyhart’s letter to the WSJ – we must encourage more choice and independent thinking in our candidates for public office. I have made a personal commitment to this. Connecticut’s program for public funding of elections, unfortunately, has the opposite effect. Party organizations can readily direct the necessary small donations to party favorites;...

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Apr 25, 2018

Westporter Kicks Off Independent Campaign for Governor

Marisa Manley, a Westport owner of a commercial real estate company, today officially kicked off her independent campaign for governor of Connecticut. “As a strategist, negotiator and team leader, I’ve solved tough problems for some of the world’s largest financial service companies, for the country’s largest law firms, for government agencies, and for small not-for-profits,” Manley said in a statement. “I’m running for governor to create real solutions for Connecticut’s...

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Apr 25, 2018

Election Roundup: Petit Not Running for Congress

HARTFORD, CT — Rep. William Petit Jr. won’t be running for Congress in the 5th Congressional District. Instead, the first term state representative from Plainville will be seeking another term to his current House seat. Petit was being courted by the National Republican Congressional Committee to run for U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s seat. Esty announced she wouldn’t seek re-election after news of how she handled the firing of her chief...

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Apr 25, 2018

Marisa Manley, independent candidate for governor, Kicks-off bid to shake up political establishment; restore growth and opportunity to Connecticut

“The major parties have led our once proud and prosperous state into decline.” HARTFORD, CT – Marisa Manley, owner of a commercial real estate company and long-term resident of Fairfield County, today officially kicked off her independent campaign for governor of Connecticut. “As a strategist, negotiator and team leader, I’ve solved tough problems for some of the world’s largest financial service companies, for the country’s largest law firms, for government...

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Apr 25, 2018

Fairfield County Businesswoman Launches Independent Bid For Governor

A Fairfield County real estate adviser entered the governor’s race Wednesday on an independent ticket, the latest dark horse candidate to vie for the state’s highest office with incumbent Gov. Dannel P. Malloy not seeking re-election. Marisa Manley, a Westport resident and founder of Commercial Tenant Real Estate Representation, joins two other independent candidates in a race with more than two dozen hopefuls and no clear front-runner. Manley said she...

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Apr 25, 2018

Meet Your Gubernatorial Candidates! (the ones you don't know)

Marisa Manley recently appeared on The Colin McEnroe Show to discuss her independent bid to become Connecticut's next governor. Hear the interview at http://wnpr.org/post/meet-your-gubernatorial-candidates-ones-you-dont-know Each election year, we invite candidates running for public office who are on the 'fringe' of voter consciousness to join our show. We like to talk to these candidates. They're passionate, they want to talk about the issues important to them, and they don't necessarily follow a...

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