In Middletown in September, Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman flank Mary Canty, the sister of Michael Canty, who died in the twin tower attacks in 2001. In 2014, the race for governor will be closely watched in Connecticut and across throughout the nation. At the top of the ticket, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is expected to run for re-election, is facing a scrum of Republicans. Senate GOP leader John McKinney has announced he's running, and others considering a run include Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, state Sen. Toni Boucher and the 2010 nominee, Tom Foley. The race will very likely be as close as the 2010 election, when Malloy needed a strong voter turnout in Bridgeport and New Haven to help him beat Foley by just 7,000 votes. In 2014 Republicans are expected to again challenge Malloy on taxes and the size of the state budget, and on Connecticut's business climate, which critics blast as one of the worst in the nation. Malloy, meanwhile, will point to long-term agreements he has made with state unions and the hundreds of millions of dollars he has invested in Jackson Labs, Bioscience Connecticut, the busway and other economic development initiatives designed to attract or retain new business to the state. Malloy will also likely emphasize that under his leadership the state has been able to eliminate projected spending deficits of hundreds of millions of dollars. On the national stage, all five Democrats representing Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives are expected to run for re-election in 2014. In the 5th District, Republican Mark Greenberg is running again in a race against U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty. In the 4th District, Republican Dan Debicella, who lost to U.S. Rep. Jim Himes in 2010, is also seeking a rematch in 2014.
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