Dr. Prasad Srinivasan, R-Conn., who serves as the representative in the state’s 31st Assembly District, announced he is running for governor in 2018.
Srinivasan, 67, of Glastonbury, a member of the state House since 2012, filed papers in December while creating a gubernatorial candidate committee.
The Indian American politician said he saw no need to leave himself the flexibility of an exploratory committee, which would have allowed him to raise money to be used for any state office. He is running to be elected governor, not angle for a spot on the under ticket, according to a CT Mirror report.
Srinivasan said on his campaign page that the community deserves a better state and the children of the state deserve a brighter future.
"We need to revive our state so we all can prosper," he said on the campaign site www.srinivasforgovernor.com, adding that the people can work together to take back the state and turn it around.
"I am running to be your governor because I know that, if we work together, we can make these changes and put Connecticut on the right track," he added.
Srinivasan moved to Connecticut in 1980 because it had everything going for it at the time, he said.
"Fast-forward to now, and we see our state spiraling downwards. Our businesses, large and small, are leaving our state," he explained. "People are moving out of the state. Young people do not see the same opportunities that drew us to Connecticut in 1980."
He proclaimed that the trend of people and businesses leaving has to end and "we can make it happen."
Among the ways he hopes to help Connecticut as governor is to change business regulations to ensure businesses flourish to increase the economy, control taxes and spending, address waste and fraud, and partner with nonprofits that can provide service at a lower cost and better healthcare.
Srinivasan opposed the legalization of cannabis for medical use in 2012, saying he believed in its efficacy, but was troubled by questions of practicality, according to the CT Mirror report.
But he relented in 2016 and voted to expand the law to allow the limited use of cannabis to treat children with conditions not treatable by conventional means, the report added.
Srinivasan voted against repeal of the death penalty in 2012 and supported passage of the sweeping gun control law passed in 2013, which followed the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.
Srinivasan was chief pediatric resident at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. He did his fellowship in allergy and immunology at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. He is a graduate of Baroda Medical College in India. The physician is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.