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Elections Complaint Against State Senate Candidate DeJesus Still Under Review

January 14th, 2015 · 7 Comments · City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

A spokesman for the State Elections Enforcement Commission says a complaint against City Councilman Richard DeJesus, a candidate for State Senate, involving a variety of campaign violations including improper collection of petitioning signatures to qualify for the ballot and challenging DeJesus’ voting residence in defiance of the City Charter is still open and under investigation. Read the complaint here. Asked what he would tell potential supporters who may be concerned about the ongoing probe, DeJesus said, “I’m here and willing to serve. I’ll let that iron itself out.”

DeJesus is seeking the Democratic endorsement Thursday night in the February 24 special election for State Senate. He’s considered a leading candidate to fill the vacant seat of Andres Ayala.

The elections complaint was brought more than a year ago by former City Councilmen Angel DePara and Carlos Silva who lost a September 2013 Democratic primary in the 136th District to DeJesus and Alfredo Castillo.

 From the City Charter:

At the city election in the odd-numbered years, two council members shall be elected from each aldermanic district by the electors of the city residing in such district and council members shall be residents and electors in the district which they represent. No resident of one council district shall vote for a council person of any district other than that in which he/she is registered.

DeJesus, according to local election voting records, moved into the 136th District that includes the East Side and The Hollow neighborhoods after the September 10 primary and before the November 5 general election.

In a story published in the Connecticut Post July 15, 2013 DeJesus said although he was a resident of the adjoining 137th District he would move into the district he sought to serve if he won. Connecticut law requires winners of state office, for instance State House and State Senate, to move into respective districts once they are seated. They need not reside in the district office they seek as challengers. The complaint brought by DePara and Silva claim a different standard applies to candidates for City Council, according to the City Charter.

This gets into a fuzzy area. Does the intent of the City Charter language apply to primaries, or just general elections?

The complaint brought by DePara and Silva also claims voting records show a pattern of DeJesus’ voting addresses conflicting with districts in which he’s required to cast a ballot. Such a situation led to pending criminal charges against former State House member Christina Ayala. The myriad voting addresses of her cousin, former State Senator Andres Ayala, now commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles, had also come under question.

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  • Black Rockin

    Not Convicted but a possible start in a lucrative Bridgeport CT political career. The requirements are in place, let the lies begin.

  • Grin Ripper

    DeJesus, Mary and Joseph!

  • Maria Pereira

    I have read this extensive complaint. It is very well written and has a lot of supporting documentation regarding the allegations. There is a lot of detail and it just doesn’t read as two sore losers filing a complaint. The complaint appears to be very credible.

  • Bob Walsh

    Maria,
    I agree wholeheartedly. However, I also believe if Messrs. DePara and Silva had spent as much time campaigning as they apparently did compiling this complaint they probably would have been successful in their election efforts.

  • Bob Walsh

    However this is not what you would hope to see from any politician, especially a newbie. When you start with this sense of entitlement you can only go down in your future endeavors. Especially if you cheat as much as DePara and Silva allege.
    And DeJesus’ comments to the Post seem to indicate this attitude continues.

  • Bob Walsh

    Here is the real problem as I read this. If the facts are accurate as stated, I do not see any difference between Richard DeJesus committing voter fraud by voting using an address where he does not live and what Christina Ayala has been accused of. Granted, Christina’s issues involving the state funding for campaigns raised those offenses to another level but the state piled on these other charges based on her being registered and voting at an address where she does not live.
    How is what Mr. DeJesus is accused of any different?
    But simply because he is still under investigation there is no problem with applying for state matching funds? That definitely does not sound right.

  • John Marshall Lee

    Is it possible oversight, monitoring and maintenance of high standards is not merely a lapse well known in Bridgeport? Perhaps it is not ONLY IN BRIDGEPORT?

    It might seem such charges including the facts of each allegation should be settled before you can get back in line, or is that too severe a holdup for a rocketing political career? Sometimes rockets, especially those with too much fuelishness, blow up of their own accord. Time will tell.

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