Her initials happen to be the same as write-in candidate Marilyn Moore, but MaryAnn “Mimi” McLaine declares she’s running for mayor because “twenty years of managing a service station in the Brooklawn section of Bridgeport, you get to know your customers and neighbors …”
Republican Town Chair Mike Garrett, no fan of MaryAnn and husband Joe, a former city sheriff, contends her write-in campaign is a put-up job by establishment Democrats to cancel out any MM write-in votes intended for Moore.
When it comes to write-in candidates, the intent of the voter is considered when the ballots are counted by elections officials. Writing in the initials MM on the line would suffice with one candidate of those initials. Now with two candidates of the same initials if an elector fills in the write-in bubble and jots MM the vote would be presumably cancelled for that office.
Statement from “Mimi.”
“On Monday, October 21, 2019 I formally submitted paper-work to begin a write-in campaign for the Office of Mayor for the City of Bridgeport. For years, family and friends have known me as Mimi McLaine. I think it’s important why people know why I am running a write-in candidacy for mayor. I want there to be no confusion as to why I’m running. I have a recognizable name in the City of Bridgeport.
“For years, I co-owned and managed a small business in Bridgeport on the corner of Capitol and Wood Avenue. Excellent customer service is a major component of being a great mayor. Twenty years of managing a service station in the Brooklawn section of Bridgeport, you get to know your customers and neighbors, some of those are your local elected officials. I believe that’s why I was motivated to announce my write-in candidacy. I could not sit on the sidelines and not allow the voters another viable choice on the ballot.”
“Finally, yes my initials happen to be the same as another write-in candidate. Voters need clarity on who the true write-in candidate for mayor is. Fortunately, there will be no more doubt in the minds of voters that a write-in vote for MM is a vote for Mimi … Mimi McLaine. On Tuesday, November 5th vote for Mimi McLaine for more choices on the 2019 ballot.