Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster on Wednesday received word from Registrar Sandi Ayala she has qualified for the September 16 primary. Foster joins party-endorsed Bill Finch and Joe Ganim on the ballot. Foster needed about 1900 verified signatures from Democratic electors. She qualified by a thin margin. The Foster camp submitted about 3500 signatures, but the process to validate Foster’s petition sheets took longer than anticipated due to a number of bad signatures.
The most efficient way to secure signatures of registered Democrats is to find them at their home. Scouring for masses at festivals, concerts and parks leaves a lot to chance. But the bottom line is Foster will be on the ballot next month.
Statement from Foster:
“Over the past few weeks I’ve taken my case directly to the Democratic voters of Bridgeport and, resoundingly, they’ve agreed that voters deserve a clear choice for change. Let this serve as a message to all: the voters of Bridgeport are involved, they are engaged, and they want a change. No more looking back. No more dwelling on what doesn’t work. We as a city are looking ahead to the change we so desperately need, change that I will deliver as Bridgeport’s next mayor.”
“I’ve been knocking doors, I’ve been making calls, and I’ve been out and around town meeting folks. I will continue to listen to our residents about their needs and priorities and together we will move our great city forward.”