Crunch Time For Ganim Challengers To Qualify For Primary

The signature hustle ends Wednesday at 4 p.m.

That is the deadline for three Democratic challengers to submit enough validated signatures of registered Democrats to face Mayor Joe Ganim in a September 12 primary along with other candidates for municipal office trying to do the same.

As the endorsed Democrat for mayor, Ganim is automatically on the ballot.

John Gomes, Lamond Daniels and Marilyn Moore require slightly more than 2,000 certified signatures to compete.

As the endorsed candidate Mayor Joe Ganim’s on the ballot, but he’s door knocking every day in anticipation of a September 12 Democratic primary.

Following the submission deadline, election officials will have about a week to review the petition sheets for approval. Candidate operatives prefer to include a cushion of several hundred above 2,000 to guard against signatures rejected.

The Gomes and Moore campaigns have submitted signatures to the Registrar’s Office as they go so those are getting a head start for review.

This is no easy task. It’s labor intensive with a premium placed on organization. It also provides a glimpse into the respective strengths of the campaigns to churn out a vote if they make the ballot.

Weekends are best to reach voters so if the camps are running short there will be a mad scramble to step up their games with just Monday, Tuesday and a portion of Wednesday remaining.


Lamond Daniels with wife Fentyshia and daughter Corinne, center.


Gomes with retired Police Chief Rebeca Garcia who is running on his slate for City Council.



  1. Knocking on doors of neighboring residents is a learning experience, whatever your intention when approaching such a meeting on a front step.
    But I have basically assumed that a respect for the basic democratic right and responsibility to use my vote in each election period was something valuable and non-controversial. But this year I hear that even more folks some registered and some not provided a response that indicates DISBELIEF in our system and therefore these folks do not vote or engage in any practical action to show this lack of belief.
    What action is required to overcome the absence of these folks from the “community table”? Do we not need as many views, practical and theoretical, from diverse points of view within the community? Who will support plans for progress into the future? Who will know enough about municipal planning and execution to provide authentic observation and oversight? Time will tell.


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