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John Blankley Announces Run for State Treasurer

GREENWICH — A Connecticut business owner announced on Tuesday that he is running for Connecticut State Treasurer.

Democrat John Blankley, 70, released a statement after nearly a year speaking with residents across the state and raising funds for Connecticut’s Citizens’ Election Program,

“When my family came to America 35 years ago, as immigrants, we chose Connecticut for its great schools, natural beauty and great people. No one talked about financial problems. But today we face the daunting task of addressing budget deficits and 50 years of unfunded pension liabilities.

Blankley ran for First Selectman in 2011, the State Assembly in 2012 and the State Senate in 2016.

Blankley, who was born and raised in England, moved his family here in 1983, and became a U.S. citizen in 1997. He was executive vice president and chief financial officer for BP North America and chief financial officer and board member of various shipping companies before starting Flagship Networks Inc., a computer consulting company. He is a former member of the Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation.

The Greenwich businessman said he is prepared for the role.

“It seems as if my entire life’s journey has been preparing for this job. As the son of a coal miner who grew up in tough times, I’ve learned that we must always search for light in the bleakest moments of history. I’ve learned that we must not step forward out of ambition but rather out of a genuine desire to help. My lifetime of financial experience can help our State, and that is why I am running. My experience will help restore a climate of fiscal calm in Connecticut that can accelerate new business creation and put our State on a path to recovery,” Blankley said.

State Treasurer Denise Nappier announced in January that she will not be seeking a sixth term in office.

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