The Boucher for Connecticut Committee is planning a fundraiser for State Senator Toni Boucher’s exploratory campaign for governor. The event, which will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, will be held in the Brubeck Room of the Wilton Library, on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m..

As she has stated on her ‘Boucher for CT’ website, Boucher says she’s exploring a run because of her desire to ‘fix’ Connecticut’s problems.

“Connecticut faces a dire situation a result of the current administration’s out-of-control policies of spending and taxing. It doesn’t have to be this way,” she says. “I have a plan to change the direction of our state and put it back on the path to prosperity…re-establishing it as a place where businesses can flourish, families can live and work in a thriving economy, commuters can travel on modern highways and rails, and our children have access to an excellent education. And I believe I have the passion, determination and depth of experience in dealing with state fiscal issues to make this plan a reality. That’s why I’m exploring the opportunity to run for Governor.”

Boucher’s fundraiser announcement noted that she will discuss her plan to “Build a Better Connecticut” at the event.

This is the second time Boucher, a Republican, has expressed an interest in seeking the Governor’s office. In Aug. 2013, she formed an exploratory committee to run, but withdrew her name from contention seven months later. Thomas Foley went on to win the Republican party nomination but lost against Dannel Malloy, who was elected to a second term.

Boucher has represented the 26th Senate district (including Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Redding Westport and Wilton) for nine years. She is the current Chief Deputy Senate Majority Leader. In addition, she is co-chair of the Education and Transportation Committees, vice chair of the Banking and Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committees and a member of the Legislative Management and School Construction Committee. She is also a current State Board of Education commissioner and chairs the Commission’s Policy Committee.

Prior to her election to the State Senate in 2008, she served for 12 years as State Representative for Wilton’s 143rd district, where she held multiple caucus leadership and committee roles. She is also a past chairman of the Wilton Board of Education and a past member of the Wilton Board of Selectmen.

Boucher has also led a 25-year business career as an executive in the financial services business. She holds Series 7, 63 and 31 licenses and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

The Wilton Library is at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. in Wilton Center. RSVP to Courtney by phone at 203-762-3232 or via email.