Former state legislator turned blogger Jonathan Pelto, a critic of Democratic Governor Dan Malloy’s education policies, is awaiting word if he has secured enough certified signatures to qualify for the November ballot as a petitioning candidate poised to poach votes from Malloy. Pelto and his Bridgeport supporters say it’s all for a good cause. From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:
A city teacher for 24 years, Kathy Silver is one of the public school educators who helped Jonathan Pelto collect the thousands of signatures needed to get his name onto November’s gubernatorial ballot.
“It’s almost as if it’s a sleeping giant that’s waking up,” Silver said of the Pelto movement, much of it borne out of frustration with Gov. Dannel Malloy’s education reforms and a perceived favoritism of anti-union privatization.
“I think people are realizing that their vote has some power and they’re beginning to push back,” Silver said.
Pelto, a left-leaning Democrat and ex-legislator from Storrs, and a second petitioning candidate, tea party Republican Joe Visconti, had until 4 p.m. Wednesday to submit 7,500 valid signatures to town clerks.
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