Gov. Ned Lamont re-election campaign fundraiser co-hosts Jim Torrey, left and Charles Mallory, right, flank the candidate at the reception. / Contributed photo by Tina Sommers
A $100-a-head fundraiser for the re-election campaign of Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont, third from left, took place Thursday at La Plage restaurant. Reception attendees included, from left, co-host Charles Mallory, Kevin Delehanty and Annie Lamont, the governor’s wife. / Contributed photo by Tina Sommers

WESTPORT — Gov. Ned Lamont was the guest at a local fundraiser Thursday that collected $8,000 for his campaign coffers as he seeks election to a second term as the state’s chief executive this year.

A crowd of more than 80 people paid $100 a head to attend the fundraising event, hosted at La Plage restaurant by Charles and Georgette Mallory, Jim Torrey and Diana Bowes.

Attendees sampled cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the patio while Lamont, a Democrat, pitched his re-election by outlining his record on state finances, abortion rights and infrastructure.

“Connecticut was in poor fiscal shape when I became governor. Now it is in the best fiscal shape in a long time,” he said.

“We are now paying down our pension obligations and saving state taxpayers $440 million dollars a year.”

Anticipating the U.S. Supreme Court ruling — which came a day later — overturning the Roe v. Wade decision providing federal protection of a woman’s right to abortion, the governor said, “While some states are making it harder for women, I want everyone to know that, as long as I’m governor, reproductive rights will be protected in Connecticut.”

State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, D-Westport, left and former Ambassador William Luers were among more than 80 people who attended a reception Thursday benefiting the re-election campaign of Gov. Ned Lamont.
Co-hosting the Lamont campaign fundraiser Thursday were Charles and Georgette Mallory. / Contributed photos by Tina Sommers

And on infrastructure, the candidate said, his “plan can cut 15 minutes off your commute to New York. We’ve got six aging bridges, each of which cause every train to slow down to a crawl, adding three minutes per bridge.”

“The work on the bridge crossing the Norwalk River has already begun,” he added.

Chatting at the Lamont campaign reception Thursday were, from left, the governor, Carey Weber and Dierdre and Jon Halper. / Contributed photo by Tina Sommers