Very few in Bridgeport can rhapsodize about the nuts and bolts of campaigning like Republican mayoral candidate Ethan Book who declares in this Facebook commentary that he has submitted enough petition signatures to qualify for a September 10 primary against party-endorsed John Rodriguez.
Some Book-speak for you:
My campaign is very pleased to report that the initial unofficial word from the Registrar of Voters is that from 244 signatures submitted toward qualification to be on the ballot for the September Primary Election, 220 were determined to be of eligible voters, we have achieved the minimum required 216 signatures to qualify (subject to certification by the Secretary of State). Of the total 244 obtained, 5 were brought in by Rolando and Rosa and 239 were sought out by me.
In addition, just in case any problem is observed between now and the deadline of 4 p.m. tomorrow, we have an additional 17 signatures available with 10 brought in by Bob and 7 by me.
It’s been very hard work! Fortunately there was very little rain during the two-week petition period which allowed for several ten-hour days of campaigning and signature hunting. God has blessed! Several events are worth sharing.
Early in the petitioning process, I was walking a street in The Hollow looking for addresses of listed Republican voters. As I was doing so, I observed two ladies watching me. When I returned that route, I made it a point to greet them and introduce myself as Republican candidate for Mayor. When I offered them my Campaign Statement, they declined it saying that they are Democrats and that they are fine with Mayor Ganim. I explained that I was developing issues that would make Bridgeport better. They asked how. I said, “Taxes for starters.” They said they didn’t care about taxes because they don’t pay any taxes. Go figure!
Then there was a businessman. He is a long-term Republican and has long supported me in my previous campaigns. However, this time he said he could not sign my petition because he’s very good friends with Mayor Ganim’s father and he wouldn’t want anything to disrupt that friendship. Can you imagine?
There is also a young Black woman on the East Side. I met her in 2016 when I was the Republican candidate for State Rep in the 128th. She was registered Democrat but didn’t like a lot of what she was seeing and she wasn’t impressed with my opponent Chris Rosario. She liked what I was saying and she committed to support me.
Last month when I received of the Registrar of Voters the City-wide list of registered voters, I noticed her name. I was surprised and pleased.
Through Facebook, I contacted her and asked if she would sign my petition. She said Yes and we made arrangements to meet this morning. When we did, I asked her about her change in voter registration. She explained that she did so because she got fed up with all the failed promises of the Democrats. In her words, “They promise everything but don’t do s‐‐‐.” She also said that many other Blacks are doing the same to switch over to become Republicans. I like thoughtful voters!
Also, several months ago, I visited an established Black church on the East End. I’ve known the pastors for several years. During the service the Bishop made a statement to the congregation; “Urban voters need to re-evaluate their alliances with a political party which supports policies which are in conflict with Biblical teachings.” God is good!
Some things to think about!
Finally, I must acknowledge the patient endurance and understanding support of my significant other, Lil. She’s amazing!
Bridgeport Republicans, thank you for supporting me to take my campaign to the next level.
I continue “Fighting for the heart and future of our great City.”