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Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti is running for governor — and even has a Facebook page to prove it.

Launched Dec. 26, “Lauretti for Governor” has attracted 186 “Likes” on the social network by the afternoon of Jan. 2 and a handful of posts of support and questions.

The mayor, who has taken a few tentative jabs at running for higher office in the past, is apparently for real this time.

In fact, he’s even appearing on a Sunday political talk show.

And a “Campaign Kick Off” is scheduled for Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Inn at Villa Bianca on Seymour’s Roosevelt Drive.

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