Republican gubernatorial hopeful David Walker of Bridgeport, the former comptroller general under two United States’ presidents, said Tuesday his campaign has surpassed the $250,000 qualifying threshold for participation in the voluntary public-financing program.

The Republican’s Dave Walker for Governor Campaign announced it has raised over $277,000 in contributions of $100 or less.

"Passing this key fundraising milestone so soon is a recognition of the momentum our campaign has and that voters around the state recognize that I have the right experience to lead the Connecticut Turnaround,” Walker said. ”With my experience re-organizing and turning around large, complicated government and private sector entities, I won’t be learning on the job. I will put together a turnaround team that will revitalize our State.”

The state Republican Convention will be held in May. Twitter: @KenDixonCT