Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez has decided not to seek the office of mayor after a number of political activists have encouraged her entry into the race.
Mayor Joe Ganim is seeking another four-year term. His chief rival State Senator Marilyn Moore has hosted a number of fundraisers in advance of the first quarter campaign finance report due early April. State Rep. Charlie Stallworth also announced his candidacy to challenge Ganim one week ago.
Lopez, who has brought a number of city issues to light be it parking meters, sewer fee collections and zoning matters, issued this Sunday statement to OIB:
As a lifelong Bridgeport resident, and one who has been active in the political and community life of this City for many years, I have been touched and flattered by the number of people who have urged me to be a candidate for mayor in 2019. Expressions of support and encouragement have come from many segments of our diverse community. All who have approached me share a common belief that this City has unrealized potential, which has been continually thwarted by the specter of corruption which has hung over Bridgeport’s government through many mayoral administrations.
I share these feelings of frustration and desperately desire a path forward for our City of Bridgeport and its people.
Unfortunately, I will be unable to stand for election as a candidate for Mayor, although I did give the idea considerable thought. While,I have never publicly stated any intention to run for political office, I did answer a reporter’s question by saying that I had not ruled out a candidacy. This has evidently produced speculation about a possible political campaign, which I feel bound to address at this time.
It would be unfair of me to remain silent in the face of this speculation and the sincere offers of support by many well-meaning residents of Bridgeport. Therefore, I have chosen to remove my name from consideration, so that others interested in being Mayor will have a fair opportunity to state their cases to the voters and those who have expressed support for me, will feel free to work for another candidate.
None of the announced candidates for Mayor, or the incumbent, have asked for my support and I do not wish to be understood as endorsing any mayoral aspirant.
I will remain active in community affairs, including writing opinion articles when inspired and volunteering to assist those who ask for help or desire legal guidance, on issues affecting this City.