The Republican candidates for Connecticut governor descended upon RHAM High School in Hebron on Wednesday night for the party's second debate.

A number of people have already thrown their hats into the ring.

Eleven were invited to the debate, and as of Wednesday evening eight were committed and confirmed.

One of them, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, said the state can no longer afford to have Democrats running the state.

“We’re prepared to lead the state the way we think it needs to be led," Boughton said.

The big issues on the table are creating jobs, the economy, education, and how they plan to fix state roads and bridges, now that the state's transportation fund is facing huge deficits.

The field also includes Rep. Prasad Srinivasan, Tim Herbst, David Stemerman, Peter Lumaj, David Walker, Joe Visconti, Mark Lauretti, Michael Handler, Steve Obsitnik and Bob Stefanowski.

House of Representatives minority leader Rep. Themis Klarides is considering a run.

The field of Democrats is smaller and includes Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, Guy Smith of Greenwich and former Veterans Affairs commissioner Sean Connolly.

“We are no longer at a crossroads we are in a crisis," Connolly said. "Connecticut needs new leadership, Connecticut needs a new approach.”

The next debate is slated to take place next month in West Haven at Notre Dame High School.

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