One week left until tsunami Tuesday. How many times have you voted? Oh that’s right, no early voting (yet) in the state of Connecticut. But that’s not stopping a blizzard of absentee ballots from blanketing city neighborhoods as campaign operatives put on a final push with door knocks, phone calls, mail pieces and pleas on behalf of their primary candidates. More than 1800 absentee ballots (and counting) have been mailed to voters throughout the city. Roughly 700 have been returned. Town Clerk Alma Maya reports this is the largest number of absentee ballot requests her office has processed since she took office in 2007, fueled by political operatives trying to bank votes before primary day.
Next Tuesday features statewide Republican primaries for governor and lieutenant governor while four Democratic legislative races lead the action in Bridgeport. Any August surprises?
Senate Minority Leader John McKinney is challenging Republican endorsed Tom Foley in a primary for governor. The winner faces Democratic incumbent Dan Malloy in November. Bridgeport resident David Walker is challenging State Rep. Penny Bacchiochi and former Groton Mayor Heather Somers for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.
City Librarian Scott Hughes is challenging freshman State Senator Andres Ayala in the 23rd Senate District covering about two-thirds of the city and a portion of western Stratford.
Political activist and healthcare professional Marilyn Moore squares off against three-term State Senator Anthony Musto in the 22nd Senatorial covering about one-third of Bridgeport, all of Trumbull and a portion of Monroe. Moore will appear on Jennifer Buchanan’s Bridgeport Now cable access show tonight (Tuesday) at 8 p.m. Livestream: soundviewmedia.org.
In Connecticut’s 128th State House District, freshman incumbent Christina Ayala is trying to hold off party endorsed Chris Rosario, fire commissioner Dennis Bradley and retired corrections officer Teresa Davidson. The district covers the East Side and Hollow neighborhoods.
In the 124th State House District, Board of Education member Andre Baker is trying to take out endorsed Democrat Ernie Newton in the battle of East End political bases.