The political action group Citizens Working For A Better Bridgeport (CW4BB) has endorsed the challenge slate for Board of Education as well as four candidates for City Council running in September 10 Democratic primaries.
CW4BB endorsed Democratic challengers for school board Andre Baker, Dave Hennessey and Howard Gardner over the Democratic Town Committee endorsed candidates Kathryn Bukovsky, Simon Castillo and Brandon Clark.
The community action group also endorsed Bob Halstead and Trish Swain over incumbents John Olson and Evette Brantley representing the City Council’s West Side 132nd District and Maria Valle and Aidee Nieves over challengers Lydia Martinez and Milta Feliciano in the East Side 137th District. No endorsements were made for the council primaries in the North End 135 District and East Side 136th District.
In a statement issued by CW4BB its endorsed candidates:
… satisfactorily completed the CW4BB questionnaire and were interviewed by representatives of the group. The endorsement reflects CW4BB’s belief that these individuals are qualified, not conflicted, are committed to serve the taxpayers (both BOE and the Council) and the kids (BOE), and support the key governance principles outlined by CW4BB.
Other primary candidates were under consideration as well, but some of them did not meet the deadline date provided by CW4BB for completion of the required questionnaires. In addition, some candidates who did complete the questionnaire and were interviewed did, in fact, garner support among CW4BB members but not enough to warrant an endorsement in this primary. Of particular note is the fact that CW4BB has chosen to only endorse up to three candidates for BOE and two for each contested Council seat in this primary.
Given the minority representation requirements for the BOE and the fact that there are five positions on the Board of Education up for re-election, CW4BB may choose to support up to five candidates for the BOE in the general election. In addition, all endorsements are subject to reconsideration based on subsequent events.
CW4BB will provide financial and other support to endorsed candidates consistent with applicable legal limits. We expect to hold a forum for endorsed candidates before the primary. We also expect to hold a public forum for general election candidates after the primary and to make CW4BB endorsements for general election BOE and Council candidates thereafter.