News release from FaithActs for Education
FaithActs for Education, a Bridgeport-based nonprofit organization, launched their 2018 get out the vote (GOTV) efforts with a non-partisan candidate meet and greet event. 19 candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. Senate, treasurer, attorney general, state senate, and state representative offices attended and had the opportunity to address more than 70 FaithActs members and Bridgeport residents on why they deserve their votes.
Earlier this week, the organization launched its 2018 Voter Guide, which features responses to a questionnaire that was sent to all candidates appearing on the ballot for Bridgeport voters. Attendees on Friday received hard copies of the Voter Guide and took notes as candidates spoke.
The voter guide is also available at www.VoteBridgeport.com.
Candidates in attendance included many of those appearing on the ballot for next Tuesday’s Primary, and also some who will appear only on the November General Election ballot. As a nonprofit organization, FaithActs does not endorse any candidate or party, and instead educates their members and Bridgeport residents on how to vote, helps them create voter plans, and provides information about candidates who will appear on the ballot.
Welcoming the room of members and candidates alike, Executive Director Jamilah Prince-Stewart highlighted the “three V’s” of the group’s efforts, asking attendees to vote, volunteer, and voice their opinions. “Your vote is your most powerful influence over elected officials,” said Prince-Stewart, as candidates enthusiastically nodded in agreement.
“Anytime an organization is willing to spread information around about candidates and issues, it’s a good thing. FaithActs has made real strides in the community in educating voters” said Aaron Turner, a Democratic candidate for the 23rd State Senate District.
Highlighting the need for more opportunities like the meet and greet that encourage bipartisanship on critical issues, Republican candidate for Attorney General Susan Hatfield said, “We all need to come together on both sides of the aisle because there’s no place for partisan politics when we’re talking about our children.”
“If you don’t vote, they don’t listen” is FaithAct’s election mantra. In response to these words, Oz Griebel, an Independent candidate for governor said: “the most important thing a governor can do is listen, but it has got to be sustained meetings like this after the election, and not just during the campaign.”
This event served as the kick off to the organization’s GOTV push, which will include phone banking, community canvassing, and church canvassing with the goal of turning out Bridgeporters to vote in the 2018 Primary Election on August 14th.
The full list of candidates in attendance:
Oz Griebel- I
Eva Bermudez Zimmerman- D
Susan Bysiewicz- D
Matthew Corey- R
Dominic Rapini- R
Dita Bhargava- D
Shawn Wooden- D
Peter Goselin- G
Susan Hatfield- R
William Tong- D
State Senate 23rd District:
Dennis Bradley- D
Caz Mizera- R
John Rodriguez- R
Aaron Turner- D
State House 124th District:
Andre Baker- D
State House 126th District:
Shante Hanks- D
Charles Stallworth- D
State House 130th District:
Terrance Sullivan- R