STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Candidates for Connecticut governor say renewing the state’s commitment to its urban areas will be a top priority over the next four years.

Democrat Dan Malloy, Republican Tom Foley and independent candidate Tom Marsh promised Friday that they will spearhead efforts to bring in more jobs and lower crime, incarceration and dropout rates in the state’s urban communities.

Malloy, a former Stamford mayor, says he wants more kids to attend prekindergarten. Foley, a Greenwich businessman, advocated for more youth mentor programs, while Chester First Selectman Marsh urged citizens to hold elected officials more accountable.

The three are running for the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

A recent poll shows Malloy leading Foley 48 percent to 43 percent among the likely voters surveyed. The margin of error was 3.7 percentage points.

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