Mayor Joe Ganim on Thursday appointed former Greater Bridgeport NAACP Executive Director Carolyn Vermont to his staff as community liaison. The position pays $70,000.
“Carolyn is a true supporter and activist for the most vulnerable in our city,” said Ganim in a statement. “Her extensive knowledge of the city along with her passion and devotion to children’s and community services make Carolyn a valuable team member to serve in this role for my administration.”
Vermont, president of the Rotary Club of Bridgeport, has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Fairfield University.
Ganim, entering an election year in 2019, brings on someone who has sizable experience as a face of social service advocacy including director of Urban Initiatives for Connecticut Against Gun Violence as well as work with Advancement for Bridgeport Community Development, United Way and Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership.
The cerebral Vermont has established a profile in the city with the business community and social services organizations, but she’s not someone who comes out of the political establishment irrespective of her toying with elective office.
Vermont this year was a short-lived candidate for Connecticut’s 23rd State Senate District to replace a retiring Ed Gomes. She was unable to secure enough certified signatures to challenge petitioning candidate Aaron Turner and party-endorsed Dennis Bradley who won the August Democratic primary on his way to a general election victory.
Most every hire Ganim makes on the horizon will be filtered through the prism of his reelection campaign with no formally announced opposition. That is likely to change in the coming months, but what will be the level of competition?
Supporters of State Senator Marilyn Moore, coming off another mighty reelection win, are pushing her candidacy. Will she? Who else is out there?