Republican gubernatorial candidates take part in debate

Posted: Updated:
FAIRFIELD -

With Connecticut's primary just a week away, Republican candidates faced off Wednesday night.

Four of the five contenders for the GOP spot were at Fairfield University for the debate, but Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton was absent due to a scheduling issue. Boughton won the party's endorsement back in May.

David Stemerman and Bob Stefanowski started off the evening by trading barbs over party loyalty. Both are businessmen who are new to politics. Stemerman mentioned a number of times that Stefanowski used to be a Democrat.

Tim Herbst said his plan is to put people and taxpayers first.

Candidate Steve Obsitnik expressed optimism after only just learning that he was approved for public financing.

  • Connecticut PoliticsPoliticsMore>>

  • Gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont campaigns in Fairfield

    Gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont campaigns in Fairfield

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 8:07 AM EDT2018-10-16 12:07:52 GMT

    With Election Day just three weeks away, candidates are bringing their message to the public. 

    With Election Day just three weeks away, candidates are bringing their message to the public. 

  • Vote 2018: 5th Congressional District Debate

    Vote 2018: 5th Congressional District Debate

    Oct 13, 2018 11:45 AM2018-10-13 15:45:00 GMT
    Vote 2018: 5th Congressional District DebateVote 2018: 5th Congressional District Debate

    Jahana Hayes (D) and Manny Santos (R), the candidates for Connecticut's 5th Congressional District, take part in a debate.

    Jahana Hayes (D) and Manny Santos (R), the candidates for Connecticut's 5th Congressional District, take part in a debate.

  • Vote 2018: 120th House District debate

    Vote 2018: 120th House District debate

    Saturday, September 29 2018 2:00 PM EDT2018-09-29 18:00:12 GMT
    Candidates for the 120th House District seat Republican Jim Feehan, Democrat Phil Young, and the petition candidate Prez Palmer, participate in a debate.Candidates for the 120th House District seat Republican Jim Feehan, Democrat Phil Young, and the petition candidate Prez Palmer, participate in a debate.
    Candidates for the 120th House District seat Republican Jim Feehan, Democrat Phil Young, and the petition candidate Prez Palmer, participate in a debate.Candidates for the 120th House District seat Republican Jim Feehan, Democrat Phil Young, and the petition candidate Prez Palmer, participate in a debate.

    Candidates for the 120th House District seat Republican Jim Feehan, Democrat Phil Young, and the petition candidate Prez Palmer, participate in a debate.

    Candidates for the 120th House District seat Republican Jim Feehan, Democrat Phil Young, and the petition candidate Prez Palmer, participate in a debate.

  • Connecticut SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • Tasty Tuesday Photos

    Tasty Tuesday Photos

    Granola Bar in Fairfield brings a gourmet flair to breakfast and lunch in Fairfield.Granola Bar in Fairfield brings a gourmet flair to breakfast and lunch in Fairfield.

    Check out these photos from our Tasty Tuesday series.

    Check out these photos from our Tasty Tuesday series.

  • Your 2018 Connecticut Fall Fun Photos

    Your 2018 Connecticut Fall Fun Photos

    Wednesday, September 5 2018 2:08 PM EDT2018-09-05 18:08:16 GMT
    Send us your Fall Fun Pics!Send us your Fall Fun Pics!
    Send us your Fall Fun Pics!Send us your Fall Fun Pics!

    Is fall your favorite season? Are you and your family doing fun things this fall? Whether you're out apple or pumpkin picking, at a farm or corn maze or just hanging around in your home or yard, News 12 Connecticut want to see your Fall Fun pics! Send them via Twitter or Instagram with the #CTFallFun and they might end up on air or on News12.com.

    Is fall your favorite season? Are you and your family doing fun things this fall? Whether you're out apple or pumpkin picking, at a farm or corn maze or just hanging around in your home or yard, News 12 Connecticut want to see your Fall Fun pics! Send them via Twitter or Instagram with the #CTFallFun and they might end up on air or on News12.com.

  • Halloween costumes for children in 2018

    Halloween costumes for children in 2018

    Tuesday, October 2 2018 8:40 AM EDT2018-10-02 12:40:46 GMT
    Whether your kids are into "Fortnite," or "The Incredibles," News 12 has the most popular Halloween children's costumes for 2018.Whether your kids are into "Fortnite," or "The Incredibles," News 12 has the most popular Halloween children's costumes for 2018.
    Whether your kids are into "Fortnite," or "The Incredibles," News 12 has the most popular Halloween children's costumes for 2018.Whether your kids are into "Fortnite," or "The Incredibles," News 12 has the most popular Halloween children's costumes for 2018.

    Whether your kids are into "Fortnite," or "The Incredibles," News 12 has the most popular Halloween children's costumes for 2018.

    Whether your kids are into "Fortnite," or "The Incredibles," News 12 has the most popular Halloween children's costumes for 2018.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."