Former Mayor Joe Ganim says his campaign has submitted more than 2,000 petition signatures to election officials in his effort to qualify for the September 16 Democratic mayoral primary against party-endorsed incumbent Bill Finch. Ganim needs approximately 1,900 certified signatures from Democratic electors in the city with more than two weeks left to qualify. The Registrar’s Office will now review the signatures to determine if they are registered voters.
“I’m extremely proud of how my team pounded the pavement and collected more than the necessary signatures in record time,” said Ganim in a statement. “It’s inspiring to see so many volunteers motivated to get things moving again for Bridgeport. We aren’t finished though. We will continue to meet with voters to collect more signatures.”
Last Tuesday Finch received the party endorsement, and automatic ballot spot, over Ganim in a hotly contested vote in a packed Testo’s Restaurant ballroom. The next day Ganim campaign operatives began the signature process in neighborhoods across the city.
The deadline to submit signatures is 4 p.m. August 12.
Mary-Jane Foster, Howard Gardner and Charlie Coviello are also trying to make the ballot via signatures.
Statement from Finch Campaign Manager Maryli Secrest:
“Joe Ganim lied under oath for 16 years. We’re confident that voters will come to the same conclusion jurors did: Joe Ganim cannot be trusted and he doesn’t belong in the mayor’s office.”