Wolcott, Connecticut, January 9th, 2017 – Today, Peter Lumaj, exploratory candidate for statewide office in 2018, announced the results of his 2016 fourth quarter fundraising and the hire of Brock L. Weber, who will serve as the Exploratory Operations Manager for his statewide exploratory committee, Lumaj Explore.

Lumaj reported strong fundraising numbers coming out of the fourth quarter of 2016. Lumaj reported $105,845.00 raised in the fourth quarter (October 1st – December 31st 2016) bringing his total fundraising number to $126,850.00 since the committee was formed in September of 2016. Lumaj Explore’s current cash on hand balance is in excess of $100,000.

Brock L. Weber is a veteran of Lumaj efforts, serving as Campaign Manager in Lumaj’s 2014 bid for Secretary of the State. Prior to his work with Lumaj, Weber worked on the campaigns of Texas Governor Rick Perry and US Senate Candidate Linda McMahon. Most recently, Weber has worked as strategist for New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart and her Better New Britain Team and as an aide to State Senator Henri Martin (R-31).

“I am excited to announce that we are ramping up our efforts,” Lumaj stated. “We have been very busy the past few months fundraising, talking about a potential 2018 bid with key party leaders and activists, and now were in the process of bringing on a very talented staff. I am looking forward to working with Brock and my team as we continue to test our viability, discuss the major issues facing our state and consider solutions to create a fresh start for Connecticut.”

Weber stated, “Peter is a strong candidate with a great story to present to the voters in Connecticut. He is one of the hardest working people in the Connecticut Republican Party and that is a major asset as we move forward with our exploratory efforts. I am confident that we will build off our current success and we will continue to establish a strong operation making Peter a major player looking at 2018.”