@mayormark is in search of a new Twitter handle: @governormark.
Mark Boughton, a Republican in his sixth term as Danbury mayor and social media powerhouse, is expected to announce Wednesday that he’s forming an exploratory committee to run for governor in 2014, a person familiar with Boughton’s plans told Hearst Connecticut Newspapers.
The 49-year-old has scheduled a news conference for 10:30 a.m. at Danbury High School, where Boughton is likely to make what the person characterized as a “soft launch” on his candidacy for the state’s highest office.
A message seeking comment was left Tuesday afternoon for Boughton, who was part of a GOP ticket with gubernatorial nominee Tom Foley in 2010 that came within 6,500 votes of winning the governor and lieutenant governor’s offices.
Foley is expected to seek a rematch with Democrat Dannel P. Malloy in 2014.
State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield is the only prominent Republican to formally declare in the race so far.