Indian American political aspirant Mudita Bhargava has announced she intends to run for Connecticut's gubernatorial seat in 2018.
The announcement comes a little more than two months after Bhargava resigned from her post as vice chair of the Connecticut Democratic Party in August, paving the way for a run for office.
She said at the time in a Greenwich Times report that she had received support for a potential run for office, though declining to specify which seat (see India-West report here).
“We simply can’t afford to keep doing things the same way and expect a different outcome,” Bhargava wrote in her resignation to party chair Nick Balletto. “We need new solutions to overcome Connecticut’s fiscal and economic challenges while advancing progressive goals.”
In the time since she stepped away from the state Democratic Party, the 45-year-old Bhargava, of Greenwich, formed an exploratory committee and has raised more than $53,000 for her candidacy, according to a media report.
The candidate is among four Democrats vying for the party's nomination in the primary to replace incumbent Dannel P. Malloy, who announced he is not seeking re-election.
The candidate has run for office before. She was unsuccessful in her campaign running for state representative in the 151st District in 2016. Despite the loss, she believes it brought recognition to her name and values.
“Making our state work for everyone will require new ideas and strong leadership in Hartford.
Over the past many years, it has become harder for many Connecticut residents to get ahead. We cannot afford to keep governing the same way and expect a better outcome. That's why I'm exploring a run for governor,” she says on her recently-launched campaign website, adding, “I have a plan for our future that will help working families through job creation, equal access to quality education, and affordable healthcare – all without the burden of additional taxes.”
Saying she believes in the future of Connecticut, Bhargava says, “I will ensure that our residents, businesses, colleges, and government can work and thrive together in a way that makes our state stronger and fairer. I want to invite new businesses that will invest responsibly in our state, and ensure that our college graduates can find the right opportunities here at home.”
The Canadian-born Bhargava moved to the U.S. in 2004 and called Connecticut her home in 2007.
Her last private sector job was with RBS, but she also worked as a Wall Street trader and portfolio manager at Bear Stearns, Citadel Investment Group, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, and Dillon Read Capital Management.