The State Elections Enforcement Commission on Thursday approved an $85,000 campaign finance grant for State Senator Marilyn Moore who will face party-endorsed Tom McCarthy, president of the City Council, in an August 9 Democratic primary. McCarthy has also been approved for public financing. Each candidate’s campaign will have roughly $100,000 to spend including the required $15,000 that was raised in small donations to secure the grant allocation.
Connecticut’s 22nd State Senate District covers all of Trumbull, the north and western portion of the city and a piece of Monroe.
The other state senator representing Bridgeport, Ed Gomes, can now apply for a public grant as well now that he has been ordered on the ballot by Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis. Gomes’ opponent, party-endorsed Dennis Bradley has qualified for a public grant. They too will square off in an August 9 primary in Connecticut’s 23rd District covering about two-thirds of the city and a portion of western Stratford.