The State Elections Enforcement Commission has approved a public grant of nearly $500,000 for former Bridgeport Health Director Maritza Bond who’s taking on party-endorsed Stephanie Thomas in the August 9 Democratic primary for Connecticut secretary of the state that oversees elections and business filings.
Thomas has also qualified for a public grant.
Connecticut’s public finance program requires candidates for secretary of the state raise $86,600 in small-dollar contributions of which $78,000 must come from in-state contributors. Participating candidates may only accept small-dollar contributions–the maximum contribution is $290–and no contributions from state contractors or PACs.
Bond’s union endorsements include the UAW, Connecticut Employees Union Independent and Connecticut AFL-CIO.