On March 3, 14 states around the country will field Super Tuesday primaries that could snap a clearer picture of front-running Democratic candidates for president. That day Bridgeport will feature Sleepy Tuesday, a contest between two slates for political control of the West Side 132nd District, the only such primary to fill out the 90-member Democratic Town Committee. (Connecticut’s presidential primary is April 28.)
City Council members Marcus Brown and Evette Brantley are running on a slate with mayoral aide Tom Gaudett, Nicole Jacques, Rolanda Smith, Pedro Soto, Larry Robinson, Sylvia DeLuca and Kyle LaBuff.
The challenge slate is comprised of former City Councilman Kyle Langan, Jason Chacon, Cynthia Torres, Linda Robak, Dasha Spell, James Bradshaw, Steve Farrell, Lillian Alves and Antoinette Giles.
What in heck is a town committee? Political insiders who elect party officers and endorse candidates for public office. They lubricate that so-called party machinery.
The Brown/Brantley et al. slate aligns with Mayor Joe Ganim while the opposition slate lines up with State Senator Marilyn Moore, Ganim’s chief election opponent in 2019. James Bradshaw is Moore’s son. Marcus Brown is challenging his mother’s State Senate seat.
Democratic electors at the Central and Bassick precincts may vote for up to nine candidates among the two slates. So it’s possible to end up with a confused mixture of pols.
DTC district primaries are the lowest-turnout affairs. Absentee ballots could be pivotal in deciding the outcome. (Gee, that’s a revelation in Bridgeport politics.) More than 200 absentee ballots have been requested.