Lots of candidates for state office hustling signatures to get on the ballot for the Aug. 12 Democratic primary. Auden Grogins, challenging State Rep. Rapid Robert Keeley, is hunting Hancocks in her home neighborhood in Black Rock.
The blonde banshee needs about 250 signatures from registered Democrats in the 129th State Assembly District.
Chico Rivera and Sly Salcedo are combing the South End and environs for signatures to challenge Eze Santiago, the endorsed candidate for the seat being vacated by State Rep. Felipe Reinoso. Sly will formally announce his candidacy Thursday 2 p.m. at the Bridgeport Public Library downtown.
On the East Side State Rep. Andres Ayala is meeting his people to wage a primary against endorsed candidate Lydia Martinez.
State Rep. Chris Caruso, no stranger to securing signatures for a ballot spot, must do so because Carlos Silva won the party backing for Caruso’s seat. And Caruso’s pal in the North End State Rep. Jack Hennessy must also scour signatures even though he’s not being challenged. Say what? Delegates in his legislative district voted for no endorsement so he must petition his way on the ballot. Yeah, it’s a crazy business.
And what about Bill Stewart? Will he hustle the signatures to challenge State Rep. Don Clemons?
And then there’s Marilyn Moore who’s looking at challenging Democrat Anthony Musto in a primary for the seat held by Republican State Sen. Rob Russo. She’ll need roughly 1,000 validated signatures to qualify.
All across the city, in just about every neighborhood, the favorite game in town – qualifying for a primary – is being played out. So, if someone’s knocking on your door it may not be the vacuum cleaner guy, it could be Grogins or Caruso, or a couple of guys named Chico and Sly. I wonder if candidates are doubling up. “Hey, can you get them to sign mine too?”
Petitions must be in by June 10, that should not be a problem for most challengers, then it’s two months of knocking on more doors, banging telephones, formulating mail pieces and beating the crap out of each other. Bombs away!
Finch Speaks About Pleasure Beach
Statement from Finch’s office:
Yesterday morning Mayor Finch attended a forum sponsored by the Bridgeport Regional Business Council to discuss the possibility of Bridgeport’s Pleasure Beach being operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Mayor would like to make a clarification from the media coverage that appeared today:
“The main purpose for selling Pleasure Beach to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would be to once again open the area back up for human use while at the same time preserving the wildlife there for future generations to enjoy. The City of Bridgeport simply cannot afford to re-open, operate or provide access to the Pleasure Beach area on its own. This is but one option being considered, and one that State Representative Charles ‘Don’ Clemons and I have been exploring for years now.
“I’m pleased that the idea has sparked debate in our community and I look forward to attending many neighborhood forums to discuss the idea further. This process is still in its infancy stages and is by no means completed. I encourage all Bridgeport residents to keep an open mind going forward in discussions. I look forward to working closely with the East End Community Council, the East End NRZ, Representative Clemons and City Councilmen James Holloway and Andre Baker throughout this process.”