Ned Lamont ’80 overwhelmingly won the Democratic primary for governor of Connecticut on August 14 and will face Republican Bob Stefanowski in the general election in November. According to the New York Times, Lamont won 81.2% of the vote, defeating Joseph P. Ganim, the mayor of the city of Bridgeport.
The founder and chairman of the cable television company Lamont Digital Systems, Lamont previously ran for the U.S. Senate in 2006 and the governorship in 2010. In 2006, he defeated incumbent Joseph Lieberman in the Democratic primary but lost to Lieberman in the general election. In 2010, he lost the gubernatorial primary to then-Stamford Mayor Dannel P. Malloy, who was elected governor and reelected in 2014 but is not seeking a third term.
An active Yale SOM alumnus who has taught a course at the school and serves on its Board of Advisors, Lamont said in an interview earlier this year that his Yale SOM education prepared him to move between the private and public sectors and to understand the value of their partnership.
“There’s more than one bottom line,” Lamont said. “You can do a lot more if you’re in the arena and not on the sidelines. I want to bring a little entrepreneurial spirit to the state of Connecticut.”
Graduates of Yale SOM will also be on the ballot for national and statewide office in Rhode Island, Kentucky, and California.
Seth Magaziner ’10, a Democrat, is running for his second term as general treasurer of Rhode Island. After graduating from Yale SOM, he worked for Trillium Asset Management, an investment firm with a focus on socially responsible investments.
Brett Guthrie ’97, a Republican, is running for his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky. He is an assistant whip for the Republican Conference, chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee’s Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee, and vice chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health. First elected in 2008, he is a veteran of the U.S. Army and was previously a member of the Kentucky Senate and a vice president of Trace Die Cast, Inc.
Elizabeth Heng ’17 is a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from California, running against Democrat Jim Costa, the incumbent. She previously worked as chief of protocol and member outreach for the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.