Kelvin Ayala Announces State House Candidacy Against Antonio Felipe

Kelvin Ayala

Downtown businessman and resident Kelvin Ayala has announced his candidacy for State House challenging Democratic incumbent Antonio Felipe in the 130th District covering Downtown, South End and portions of the East Side and West End.

The economic development consultant must petition onto the ballot to wage an August 11 primary, a process that commences next week.

Ayala comes from a family with deep roots in the city including family members who have served on the City Council.

He posted this on his Facebook page:

I would like to formally announce that I am a candidate for State Representative in the 130th District for the city of Bridgeport. I would like to thank the members of the 131st Democratic Town Committee District who nominated me and and gave me their vote of confidence. To my East Side Pride Crew, Downtown Warriors, and West Side Family. Here We Come!!!

Much more in store, Stay Tuned ….

May 2019, Antonio Felipe, center, with supporters in front of Bassick High School precinct.

If he makes the ballot, Ayala will run an insurgent race against the political establishment. He backed State Senator Marilyn Moore for mayor last year in her losing effort against incumbent Joe Ganim.

Felipe won a special election in May 2019 following the death of Ezequiel Santiago.

See district map here.

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  1. Well alright. I know Kelvin and his large family Manny was an alderman and his late brother Anderson. They are some how related to Andres and Tito. 2nd cousins or something. He will be an Moore’s line not the presidential candidate.
    This could get interesting 🤔

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    1. Thank you Bob for the kind words. For point of clarication. Our Two Ayala Families are NOT related. However, we all know eachother. Former Senator Andres Ayala and I grew up together on the East Side in the same coop. His dad was my brother Andy’s God father from Confirmation.

      Tito A is Andre’s uncle, so we all know each other but not related.

      This district is Dennis Bradley’s district whom i have a solid professonal relatonship with. I still remain a strong Marilyn Moore supporter and support her re-election bid to State Senate. The respect she commands in Hartford and her positon on the bonding commission is a great asset for us.

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  2. Kelvin always seemed to have Bpt’s best interest at heart,very impressed with his ideas through the years, a solid candidate, hope he gets this.Of course, like always, it doesn’t matter what we think,Mario decides who wins.

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  3. No one is better prepared to boost downtown Bridgeport than Kelvin Ayala– it’s in his wheelhouse.
    He’s always trying to come up with something.
    With Moe’s Burger Joint and his other business interests he’s an active economic development operator. In the current era of downsizing, that’s impressive. To expand while others contract is difficult but needed.
    Bridgeport has much to gain and I support Ayala’s candidacy.

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  4. Kelvin Ayala, let me ask you a question, why should I vote for you to be the State House Democratic for the 130th District? Would you also tell me something about yourself.

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    1. Hey Ron, I appreciate the question.

      Before I answer, Hector Diaz did not mean any disrespect. He simply tried to state a few things for ANY reader who saw your question. He Literally has known me since I was in diapers.

      I am born and raised on the East Side of Bridgeport. I grew up playing hoops, baseball, football at Upchurch Park, Washington Park, and Newfield Park. I fished at the Yellow Mill River and Pleasure Beach and rode my bicycle all over town. I am a product of Orcutt Boys Club, Shehan Center, Hall Neighbohood House, and St. Mary’s Church. I went to Blessed Sacrament/St. Mary’s on the East End and Graduated in 1992 from Kolbe Cathedral HS. I am a true product of all that is great in this city and carry Bridgeport wherever I go.

      I have an Electrical Engineering Degree from University of Hartford. I left a career as an Avionics Engineer and have 20 years of entrepreneur experience. I am currently wrapping up my Master’s in Urban Planning and Real Estate Development from USC.

      My resume as an economic development professional and business strategist speaks for it self. I believe your should vote for me because I bring unprecedented credentials to the 130th District. I offer my talents and energy for public service and given the field of candidates, I feel it will be a missed opportunity not to vote for me. I am transparent and well versed on city and state politics. I have relationships in place that can help improve the 130th district which will have ripple effects city wide.

      Please feel free to share your email and I will be sure to send you my BIO and a few more reasons why I seek to earn your vote.

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  5. Many of you know remember that Anderson “Andy” Ayala former Councilman (RIP,) was like a brother to me his Parents Manolin (Manny) and Chia have been involved in this Cities Politics for a long time. Kelvin is Born and Raised here his Parents and Andy lived next door to us on Burroughs Street when Kelvin was Born. I believe Kelvin possesses just the qualities that would ensure the entire district would benefit from him as a Legislator, raised on the East Side played Sports all over the City, Puerto Rican in a district that is Majority Puerto Rican, a proven Professional and Business owner for more than a decade, owning and operating a number of diverse businesses such as Computer Sales ,Parts and repair, you’ve probably received a receipt that was printed through a Point of Service program that he programmed , Restaurateur (Moe’s) so many times we ask those who criticize to get in it than, well here is a perfect example of that ,Kelvin in my opinion is exactly the Candidate the East , West, Southend and “Everyone’s” Downtown needs…

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    1. Thank you Kelvin Ayala, oh wait a minute, you’re not Kelvin Ayala, Hector. As I asked, I would like to hear from Kelvin Ayala, let me ask you a question, why should I vote for you to be the State House Democratic for the 130th District? Would you also tell me something about yourself.

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      1. Ron, I was making a Statement, not a reply , you’ll notice that when replying there is a slight indent, I hadn’t even read your comment prior to making my Statement. If you don’t know who Kelvin Ayala is than the better question might be where have you been?

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        1. Hector, I don’t why you decided to go in this direction when you said, “If you don’t know who Kelvin Ayala is than the better question might be where have you been? ” If a candidate wants my vote I want them to tell me why I should vote for them and it doesn’t matter if I know them or not or what they have done, my two questions are snowball questions or setup questions that can easily be knocked out of the park but no, you took it to a ugly place that was not necessary but that’s you.

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          1. Ron it was you who directed a comment to me, where I took was my perogative. the moment you typed Hector you opened that door.

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          2. Hector, what are you talking about, in my original comment I said ABSOLUTELY nothing about you, nothing. My questions were to Kelvin Ayala, it was you who decided to question me when you said, “If you don’t know who Kelvin Ayala is than the better question might be where have you been?” I had no problem with what you said unstill your wise ass comment, “where have you been?”

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  6. again , I’ll type slower this time, I made a Comment, you thought it was a reply to your comment (it wasn’t), you injected my name into your “reply” to my comment, I than added to my observation to your reply in my reply… you can read that again if you need to.

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  7. Settle down black and brown people, says the “white man”. 🙂

    Ron, Hector is correct. He didn’t reply to your question to Kelvin so your comment to his reply was harsh and unwarranted. But to be fair to Ron, Hector, the odds of your comment to Ron about you didn’t even read his original question to Kelvin prior to you making your original statement regarding Kelvin is an extremely safe bet. 🙂 I mean if it was one of JML’s or Yoda Jeff’s dissertations comments I wouldn’t place that bet, but a two-sentence comment of Ron I would bet the planet if I owned one. 🙂

    P.S, Ron, I will answer your question. “Kelvin Ayala, let me ask you a question, why should I vote for you to be the State House Democratic for the 130th District? Would you also tell me something about yourself?”

    He’s brown, was a staunch supporter for Moore’s run for Mayor, and is against Ganim and Mario. What more do you want? Is his brown not black enough? 🙂

    At this point in Port politics or coming to Mario, Joe, and Port political insiders just have to ask what are the odds of winning. 🙂

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsnLwzzkF_Q

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