reflect gubernatorial campaign contrasts
Gov. Nancy Wyman and Republican challenger Heather Bond Somers
aside from the men with whom they are running for office.
Somers, 48, is a former five-term member of the Town Council of Groton, where she also served as mayor.
She survived a three-way August primary by fewer than 1,000 votes to become Republican Tom Foley's lieutenant governor running mate.
Somers, a Groton native and University of Connecticut graduate in economics, founded Hydrofera LLC., a Willimantic bio-tech company.
On Sept. 24, five weeks after the GOP primary created their political team, Foley introduced her
at a New Britain event unveiling his
urban agenda as "Heather Somers
Malloy credits Wyman with leading the state's successful early adoption of the federal Affordable Care Act, as she
employed the same skills she
used to help create the HUSKY
health insurance program for low-income children nearly 20 years ago.
Wyman, if she
is at an event with Malloy, will nearly always introduce him, with gusto.
trademark high heels, worn even during multi-mile inaugural parades, are legendary.
is a conservative, pro-gun candidate with a permit to carry a weapon.
successfully sold the medical-device company in Willimantic, but had to return much of the $1 million start-up loan that Connecticut Innovations -- a quasi-public state agency Foley has criticized during the election campaign -- awarded with employment-goal stipulations.
The company ended up returning nearly half a million dollars and paid an $80,000 fine for failing to meet those job-creation targets.
rarely speaks during joint appearances with Foley.
Somers was initially the running mate for Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton during his bid to win the gubernatorial primary.
But shortly after the Republican convention in May, Somers dropped Boughton, who felt betrayed and, after a brief alignment with Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, terminated his campaign.
While her role has been generally limited in Foley's second run against Malloy, Somers
has recently been on the attack.
"I have been saying from the beginning of the race that we should get our money's worth," said Somers
, adding that she
brings a variety of experience.
In some ways, Burns said, Wyman and Somers
are taking the role of the spouses of Malloy and Foley.