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Danbury mayor explains collapse ahead of GOP debate

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Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton explains his medical episode (WFSB) Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton explains his medical episode (WFSB)

The Republican Town Committee of Glastonbury hosted a forum Tuesday evening with gubernatorial candidates.

Many eyes will be on Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, just days after collapsing at a campaign event in Avon.

His health has raised a few questions, which he says he's prepared to answer.

Voters in Glastonbury got a chance to meet and hear from some of the GOP candidates running for governor.

Nine candidates who want to be the state's next governor talked about leadership, trust, and making the state more business friendly. 

Boughton is considered a strong front-runner and he's now explaining what he says happened and why.

"When someone has a seizure, it’s a scary event, so I want to be clear about that and the causality of that, being extremely dehydrated and low potassium levels really set the stage for what happened to me that night and a schedule that would pretty much run anyone into the ground,” Boughton said.

Prasad Srinivasan, another Republican candidate, is also a doctor. He and two other doctors who were in the room did what's called chest compression, which is a form of CPR.

Boughton's pulse, Channel 3 was told, was low, but came back strong quickly.

He said he blames his collapse on eating poorly and he may not have taken his seizure medication.

But says after being checked out by his doctors, he is ok and has been told to take better care of himself.

Srinivasan has been talking about what happened, which is something Boughton isn't too happy about.

There could be a new face at the debate. New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart formally announced her campaign for governor on Monday.

The debate was at 7 p.m. and is a little less formal than some of the state Republican debates, but it does give voters a chance to learn more about candidates.

In a rapid fire of questions, all nine said they were against tolls, but support education aid for wealthy towns and property tax relief for seniors. 

Until now, State Rep. Toni Boucher was the only woman in the GOP ring, until Stewart jumped in. Boucher is the only one still exploring. 

"That's not a factor for me. It's all the candidates together, not so much gender," Boucher said. 

Even though the forum was held in Glastonbury, voters from neighboring towns also came to learn more about who is running. 

"Gives me a clear idea of these guys looking into, but I want to hear more to see what's going on," said John Morrison of East Hartford. 

Several of the GOP candidates said they support scrapping the state income tax, including Boughton, but there were no specifics. 

The next state GOP debate is April 4th. To participate, candidates have to be officially running and have raised $175,000. 

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