Proclaiming he is “committed to ensuring that every corner of this district is treated with equity and fairness, especially among those of us less fortunate,” school board chair Dennis Bradley on Friday formally declared his candidacy for State Senate challenging incumbent Ed Gomes in an August Democratic primary. Connecticut’s 23rd District covers about two-thirds of Bridgeport and a portion of western Stratford.
Bradley has been working delegates to the endorsement convention that will be scheduled in May. Carolyn Vermont, former president of the Greater Bridgeport NAACP, is the campaign treasurer.
Bradley issued this statement:
It is with great excitement that I am announcing my candidacy for the 23rd Senatorial District. As a local practicing attorney, I advocate for the rights of our residents on a daily basis and seek resolutions to the problems that our community faces. On the Bridgeport Board of Education, I am intimately involved with bettering our students’ future. And from my position, I can tell you the system is broken. We have an educational system that does not equip our youth for the responsibilities of adulthood that rest on the citizens of the 23rd district.
We have families who work day in and day out and yet struggle to keep up with their bills because they are denied a living wage. We have veterans who are left empty handed and searching for a way to reintegrate into our society. We have a state that continues to strip the good people of Bridgeport and Stratford the dignity of decent paying job opportunities. We have a system that has dedicated itself to incarcerate rather than educate our youth. We need a Connecticut that stands up for our children, stands up for the working people, and provides justice for our communities.
During this difficult budget season we cannot wait for Hartford to recognize that we have yet to get our fair share. As an attorney, I am committed to ensuring that every corner of this district is treated with equity and fairness, especially among those of us less fortunate. As an advocate for education, I am committed to strategies of action for our schools. As a resident of the 23rd district, I will no longer accept our community being underfunded and underrepresented. That is why I ask for your support for State Senate. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you.