Martha Dean

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Martha Dean
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Governor of Connecticut
Former Candidate
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolPhillips Academy (1977)
Bachelor'sWellesley College (1982)
J.D.University of Connecticut School of Law (1986)
Personal
Birthday1959
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Martha Personal website
Martha A. Dean (born 1959) was a Republican candidate for Governor of Connecticut in the 2014 elections.[1] She dropped out of the race before the August 12 primary election.

Dean last sought statewide office in the 2010 election for Connecticut Attorney General. On March 16, 2010, she entered the race to replace outgoing Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D). Blumenthal opted to run for the United States Senate seat then held by Senator Chris Dodd.[2][3] After defeating Ross Garber for the GOP primary nomination on August 10, 2010, Dean faced former State Sen. George C. Jepsen in the general election on November 2, 2010. She lost with forty-three percent of the vote.[4]

Dean is an attorney and gun rights activist.[5]

Biography

Dean graduated from Phillips Academy in 1977.[6] She went on to earn her bachelor's degree in philosophy and political science from Wellesley College in 1982. In 1986, Dean graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Prior to entering law school, Dean worked at the New Haven-based private practice law firm of Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn as a litigation attorney specializing in insurance defense. During the summer of 1984, she served as a law clerk in the honors program for the United States Securities & Exchange Commission in New York, New York. The next year she joined the Boston-based private practice firm of Gaston, Snow & Ely, Bartlett as a litigation attorney focused on corporate law. Upon receiving her law degree, Dean worked for the law firm of Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. in Hartford, Connecticut as a corporate law attorney, remaining there until 1988. Two years later, she joined another Hartford-based law firm, Robinson & Cole, this time specializing in environmental law.

Dean's other roles include:

  • Co-founder and co-executive director, Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies - Hartford Lawyer's Chapter (1996-2002)
  • Member, National Rifle Association (NRA)
  • Member, Cato Institute
  • Member, Heritage Foundation
  • Member, Institute for Justice
  • Former member, CBIA Environmental Policies Council - Steering Committee

Education

  • Graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, (1977)[6]
  • Bachelor's degree, Wellesley College (1982) in philosophy and political science
  • Juris Doctorate degree, University of Connecticut School of Law (1986)

Elections

2014

See also: Connecticut gubernatorial election, 2014

Dean ran for election to the office of Governor of Connecticut in 2014.[1] She had intended to seek the Republican nomination in the primary on August 12, 2014, however she did not stay in the race long enough to appear on the primary ballot. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2010

See also: Connecticut Attorney General election, 2010

On March 16, 2010, Dean entered the race to replace outgoing Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D). Blumenthal opted to run for the United States Senate seat then held by Senator Chris Dodd.[2][7] She officially received the Republican party nomination, after defeating primary opponent Ross Garber on Tuesday, August 10, 2010.[8] Earning forty-three percent of the vote, Dean lost to former State Sen. George C. Jepsen in the general election on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.

On November 2, 2010, George C. Jepsen won election to the office of Attorney General of Connecticut. He defeated Martha Dean (Republican) and Stephen Fournier (Green) in the general election.

Attorney General of Connecticut, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge C. Jepsen 53.7% 591,663
     Republican Martha Dean 43.6% 480,382
     Green Stephen Fournier 2.7% 29,748
Total Votes 1,101,793
Election Results Via: Connecticut Secretary of State
2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary[9]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Martha Dean 60.5%
     Republican Party Ross Garber 39.5%
Total Votes 112,912

Endorsements

Dean received the endorsement of the State Republican Party at its convention in mid-May 2010.[10]

2002

On November 5, 2002, Richard Blumenthal won re-election to the office of Attorney General of Connecticut. He defeated Martha Dean (Republican) in the general election.

Attorney General of Connecticut, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Blumenthal Incumbent 65.6% 632,351
     Republican Martha Dean 34.4% 330,874
Total Votes 963,225
Election Results Via: Connecticut Secretary of State
  • 2002 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary
    • Martha Dean ran unopposed

Controversies

Breach of peace

Just two days before the state primary election, Malcolm McGough, campaign manager and husband of Republican Attorney General candidate Martha Dean, was arrested and charged with breach of the peace following a tense altercation with Betty Fiora, a resident of Canton. Fiora called police contending that McGough "shoved her and took signs from her hands after an altercation about signs on her Albany Turnpike property."[11] She insists that she was removing the signs because they had been placed there without her permission. McGough, who was driving in the area, pulled over and confronted Fiora about she was doing. Another witness to the incident said that while there was no shoving, McGough did remove the signs from Fiora's hand with some force.[12]

Campaign contributions

2002 Race for Attorney General - Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $177,398
Total Raised by Primary Opponent N/A
Total Raised by Gen. Election Opponent $432,599
Top 5 Contributors Martha Dean $56,022 (31.58% of Total)
Phyllis R. Pierson $1,500 (0.85%)
Ward Connerly $1,500 (0.85%)
Samuel D. Pierson $1,500 (0.85%)
Jannette Swenson $1,500 (0.85%)
Individuals v. Institutions $109,388 (61.7%)
$2,310 (1.3%)
In v. Outside State $152,027 (86.2%)
$24,255 (13.7%)

Personal

Dean currently resides in Avon, Connecticut.[13]

See also

External links

The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine was used to recall this version of the website from November 1, 2010.


References