The six Democratic candidates for governor are focusing on trimming state spending, boosting revenues and job creation as they campaign to become Connecticut's next chief executive officer.
The candidates met for their first live, televised debate Friday night and were unanimous that the next governor will need to craft
solutions to budget deficits in the billions over the next few years and a 9 percent unemployment rate.
Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont said the state has a spending problem it has to cure.
Former Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy added that Connecticut ``need a laser-like focus on job creation.''
Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi called for the reintroduction of road tolls to help bridge the budget deficit.
Other candidates include Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman, health care advocate Juan Figueroa and Waterbury Mayor Michael
They debated on NBC Connecticut.