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Christina Ayala Qualifies For Primary Against Chris Rosario

June 6th, 2014 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Christina Ayala

Christina Ayala

Incumbent State Rep. Christina Ayala has qualified for the Aug. 12 primary to challenge Democratic Party endorsed Chris Rosario who has the backing of Mayor Bill Finch’s political operation.

Ayala needed 306 certified signatures of Democrats in Connecticut’s 128th State House seat that runs across the heart of the East Side into the Hollow neighborhood and takes in a piece of the West Side. Christina’s mother Sandi Ayala is Democratic registrar of voters. Sandi Ayala says she cedes review of her daughter’s petitions to other staffers in the registrar’s office.

Despite not receiving the backing of party regulars after two years of controversy that included a hit-and-run violation and a state investigation into possible violations of election law, Christina Ayala says securing signatures has kept her engaged with voters whose support she’ll need in the primary.

“It’s a nice way to stay in touch with voters,” she says. “I feel good about my base of support in all neighborhoods in the district.”

Ayala name recognition is strong in the heavily Latino East Side, but Christina says she’s also working support in the Hollow and on the West Side where her father, political operative Tito Ayala, taught at Bassick High School. Tito Ayala also runs a restaurant just outside the district.

“My father knows a lot of people,” says Christina.

Dennis Bradley

Dennis Bradley, a city fire commissioner, is trying to make the Aug. 12 primary ballot.

City fire commissioner Dennis Bradley says he expects to submit his signatures to elections officials for ballot approval within the next few days. The deadline to submit petition sheets is June 10. Newcomer Theresa Davidson is also trying to qualify for the ballot through the petition process.

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  • Wingnut

    Wonderful! This is such wonderful news! LOL!

  • Mustang Sally

    Your father knows a lot of people. BFD. What have YOU done but embarrass this city? RUN ALONG, Tita. Do not steal this election for self-centered satisfaction. YOU ARE OVER.

  • barry soitera

    Sure beats working in the dreaded private sector.

  • Godiva2011

    Ms. Ayala needs to take a timeout from seeking political office. She needs to concentrate on cleaning up her act. The electorate needs to send a strong message here and vote for a qualified person who will enhance Bridgeport’s delegation rather than embarrassing it.

  • Bob

    She’s oblivious to the deceit and damage she has done to and on behalf of the citizens of Bridgeport. You can add to that the likes of Ernest Newton, Joe Ganim, John Fabrizi and Bill Finch. None of them either recognize nor do they understand the depth of their behavior.

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    This is disgusting. Can’t believe this crazy broad is trying to hold onto office. I know drinking and fighting are part of the street life in Bridgeport but it shouldn’t be a part of the political process.

    • flubadub

      BK wrote “I know drinking and fighting are part of the street life in Bridgeport but it shouldn’t be a part of the political process.” Tell that to Testa and Rizzitelli.

  • Steven Auerbach

    Sidebar: last evening there was supposed to be a meet and greet for Scott Hughes, between 6 and 8 at the artspace building. I arrived to a very exciting celebration for the Kennedy Center honoring Maggie Daley. It was very nice running into Mary-Jane Foster. I have no clue what happened to the meet and greet. I was not the only one perplexed. I did meet some very nice people at this function for 45 minutes before watching Kinky Boots at the Bijou and Two Boots for dinner.

    If anyone is familiar with Scott Hughes or supporting him, can you tell me what happened??? It was not a total loss, as the Kennedy Center does such a great job.

  • charlie

    This criminal is not the apex of what’s wrong with Bridgeport, but she is a good representative of it. The concept a felon, convicted or not, is a typical representative of Bridgeport citizens leaves a bad image in the other State cities!

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