Hanscomb and Greenstein close to qualifying for governor’s ballot

August 31, 2018 GMT

HARTFORD — The ballot for governor could get crowded, as two more petitioning candidates appear likely to qualify.

Libertarian Rod Hanscomb is likely to soon become the fourth gubernatorial candidate who will appear on the November ballot.

Still counting, the Secretary of the State’s office has so far verified 7,430 signatures in Hanscomb’s effort to petition onto the ballot. Candidates needs 7,500 signatures to attain the ballot.

Hanscomb graduated from Stamford High School in 1985. He served in the military for six years and founded a gourmet food shop in Seattle and a custom houseboat building business, according to his website. As of July 10, Hanscomb had raised $10,805 for his campaign, $10,000 of which came from his own pocket, according to latest campaign finance filings.

Hanscomb would join major party candidates Democrat Ned Lamont and Republican Bob Stefanowski and Oz Griebel, another petitioning candidate, who now have spots on the ballot.

Amigo Constitution Party candidate Mark Stewart Greenstein may also have enough signatures soon to appear on the ballot. The Secretary of the State’s Office counted 7,174 signatures for Stewart Greenstein soon.

Stewart Greenstein, who runs a test prep firm in Newington, ran for president in 2000 and 2016. His platform includes bringing an NHL team to Hartford. He also briefly listed the Governor’s Residence on the online housing marketplace Airbnb in February. Greenstein had raised $111 for his candidacy as of July, filings show.

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