The political action committee Residents For A Better Bridgeport has produced three new videos that makes the case to voters, if you want to continue progress for children “vote yes for charter reform.” If this charter question goes down in flames it won’t be for the lack of trying by Mayor Bill Finch and supporters of a mayoral-appointed Board of Education. A yes vote Nov. 6 will provide the mayor that authority.
Residents For A Better Bridgeport www.residentsforabetterbridgeport.com is expected to spend roughly $200,000 on this effort by the time election day arrives in two weeks. Direct-mail pieces, cable television, neighborhood canvassers and election-day workers are all part of the plan. The effort is financed heavily by the regional business community. Nice to go to a business and say hey we need 10 grand and get it. Charter questions are not easy to pass. In the last 20-plus years voters have approved mayoral appointment of police and fire chiefs to no more than two five-year terms, as well as a four-year term for mayor in 1998.
We’ve heard a lot from supporters of a yes vote. It helps to have money. Does the opposition have enough dough to persuade a no vote? The Bridgeport Education Association, Connecticut’s Working Families Party, Connecticut Citizen Action Group, Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition are among the groups working against it, claiming this effort is nothing but a power grab that lances voter rights. A door-to-door effort is underway to educate voters why a no vote is in their interests. A bunch of city politicians, most of them opponents of the mayor, are also working against the question.
Have you heard from both sides of this effort? Let us know. Two more videos below from Residents For A Better Bridgeport.