Classic OIB dynamic brewing over two open Board of Education seats.
Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez of Black Rock wants in. Mayor Bill Finch isn’t crazy about the idea, nor South End District Leader Mitch Robles. Why? They cannot control her.
Carmen has a history of traveling to the beat of her own drum, whether as a judge or in politics. Translation: she’s not beholden to party regulars. Nor is outgoing BOE president Max Medina. John Olson is also finishing out his final term on the BOE.
Mitch, who has built a nice power base, is offering City Council member Leticia Colon as his candidate.
Democratic Party Vice Chair Dottie Guman would like to see Carmen Lopez on the BOE. They go back decades in city politics to the days Dottie’s late husband John was party chair. Dottie is the mayor’s political godmother, but the mayor and the Mother Goose of the party aren’t nearly as close as they used to be, and they are on opposite sides on this one.
As for Mitch, in city politics it’s not enough that Carmen is Latina. She’s not Mitch’s kind of Latina.
Still in play for one of the BOE spots is Joe Giaquinto who waged a strong 2007 primary against incumbents from the 138th City Council District Bob Curwen and Rich Paoletto. Curwen has been pushing Giaquinto for the seat. Keep your friends close and enemies closer.
Former City Councilman Keith Rodgerson wants to be on the BOE. Former City Clerk and City Councilman Tom Mulligan has given it some thought but isn’t lobbying hard for a spot.
Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa is expected to schedule a BOE candidates night before the DTC endorsement session July 22. Meanwhile, the phone lines will be burning up.
Maybe OIB friend Ralph Mojica who served with Colon on the City Council can provide some intelligence. Big Mojo knows the political dynamics in the 131st District controlled by Robles. Perhaps we end up with both Lopez and Colon on the BOE?
Party With The Good Folk
Don’t forget, July 23, 5:30 p.m. Taco Loco, Fairfield Avenue in Black Rock for the next OIB party. We’ll kick off the Gathering of the Vibes hippie weekend with a whole bunch of stuff, plus the best gossip in town. Maybe Joel Speedy Gonzalez will show up with his ultimate hippie band, The Capitol Finger. Hopefully Cougar Rodgerson will show with his 10-finger band, featuring Anna as his lead singer.
From OIB Friend Caryn Kaufman
Check out the
Downtown Bridgeport Farmer’s Market
Now thru October
Hello friends …
Folks complain all the time that nothing’s happening in Bridgeport. Truth is–there’s plenty happening but they need your support to continue. So here’s the latest scoop …
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture working with the City of Bridgeport Office of Planning and Economic Development and the Downtown Community Council (DCC) announces the opening of the State’s newest farmers’ market:
The Downtown Bridgeport Farmers’ Market at Baldwin Plaza, behind the Fairfield County court house, will take place every Tuesday from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. It opened July 7 and will run through October.
Three farms have initially signed up for the market. If folks like you support this, more are likely to follow:
Country Farm from Northford, a 60-acre mixed fruit and vegetable farm specializing in tomatoes, melons, and bedding plants.
Killiam & Bassette Farmstead from South Glastonbury, an 85-acre farm, specializing in corn, tomatoes and peppers.
Smith Acres from Niantic, a 27-acre farm, specializing in bedding plants, potatoes, and summer squash.
All three farms will have a mixed variety of Connecticut grown fruits and vegetables throughout the summer and early fall.
This market is WIC certified.
Stop by – spread the word – and support this latest program bringing fresh food and vitality to downtown Bridgeport.