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 toughest problems.”
Manley graduated from Cornell University’s College of Architecture and from Harvard Law school and founded her commercial real estate business in 1989. She joins fellow Westporter Steve Obsitnik, a Republican, who is also seeking to be governor.
“The major parties have led our once proud and prosperous state into decline,” she said. “The situation is not sustainable. I’m running to shake up the political establishment that has caused our great state to slide to the edge of financial ruin.”
“Since Connecticut enacted an income tax 27 years ago, state spending has tripled, and now the state can’t pay all its bills. Every year, there’s an exodus of thousands—people fleeing from Connecticut’s high costs, excessive regulations and vanishing opportunities. They take their families, their jobs, their dollars and their hopes to other states,” Manley said.
“If we don’t address these issues now, in another decade or two, tens of thousands more people will have left Connecticut, and much of Connecticut may be as abandoned as the Rust Belt.”
Article originally published by Westport Now