State Senator Dennis Bradley Monday night announced his resignation from his elected Board of Education seat that he won in 2015. The board has 30 days to fill the vacancy. If not Mayor Joe Ganim has authority to fill it with a Democratic replacement.
Bradley won his Senate seat in November representing the 23rd District covering about two thirds of Bridgeport and a portion of western Stratford.
Bradley’s media star is rising as seen in his video appearance above on Tom Dudchik’s CT Capitol Report discussing criminal justice reform. Bradley technically must submit his formal resignation in writing to the City Clerk’s Office. The 30-day clock begins once that occurs. He says he’ll do that sometime this week.
Bradley served a year as board chair that was punctuated by his call for a meeting boycott, citing board dysfunction, to pressure colleague Maria Pereira’s resignation. Pereira did not resign. In recent weeks she has criticized his board attendance.
Bradley issued this statement to OIB on Sunday about his anticipated resignation at Monday night’s school board meeting.
The 3-plus years I spent on this board has been the most rewarding and eye-opening experience I ever have had in government. First, I have seen the countless hours of service our teachers and administrators give all while facing a lack of equitable funding, allegations of mismanagement and a general lack of recognition. It has inspired me and affirmed my faith in public service with the knowledge that the greatest among us are servants. Moreover, my time on the board has taught me that the problems we face, the frustration we face as a city can only be corrected by our legislature.
It is in this distinguished position of the Senate that I have been given the opportunity to be my brother’s keeper in ensuring we have great public schools in our city.
I promise you that the fighting spirit you have given me I take to Hartford. I also promise you that our fights while deep and intense I see now in retrospect to be done in brotherly love. Know that if you come from the Park City you are my brother and sister and though we may disagree on methodology and in direction we should travel, I ask that you remember our desired destination is the same and that is a bigger, better and brighter Bridgeport.