Barring a write-in miracle for City Council seats, the general election is mostly all about who’ll occupy the minority party slots on the Board of Education: Republicans or Working Families Party candidates, or perhaps a split.
Democratic school board candidates Christine Baptiste-Perez, Erika Castillo and Michael Maccarone enjoy a monumental voting registration advantage.
The WFP has endorsed incumbent Joe Sokolovic, Khalid Muhammad and Jose Lopez.
Republican candidates are led by current board chair John Weldon, and Mary Gaits and Peter Perillo.
With little on the line for Democrats, absentee ballot action has been rather tame by Bridgeport standards, just 1,200 returned to the Town Clerk’s Office, according to the Monday count. What will the walk-in vote be Tuesday? Will the citywide turnout even hit 10 percent?
Of all the write-in candidates East End City Council incumbent Eneida Martinez, defeated by a small margin in the primary by anti-vaxxer Wanda Simmons, is putting on the biggest push.
Simmons, who preaches government transparency ad nauseam, apparently forgot that should also apply to her. She’s no different than any other selfish pol in the city hiding something until forced to disclose. During primary campaigning she did not volunteer to people she’s loathe to taking vaccines, irrespective of touching people, campaign workers and contributors, door knobs and toiling among large crowds of people including primary night. A few days later she was diagnosed with Covid.
Now, just imagine the tone of the primary campaign had Simmons disclosed her aversion to vaccines?
End of story.
Martinez has kicked out a heady video via social media explaining to voters the write-in process. She, and surrogates (paging council partner Ernie Newton), must stand in front of Dunbar and Harding precincts reminding voters of the task at hand. She will likely perform better at Dunbar where she is well known. In the primary Simmons scored well at Harding.
Simmons appears on two lines, Democratic and Working Families Party. Victoria Majewski also is backed by the WFP for council.
Assuming a Simmons victory, City Council President Aidee Nieves, a heavy favorite to once again lead the legislative body for two more years, has a decision to make about the future of in-person meetings delayed because of the health emergency. Even if you’ve been vaxxed, who wants to be near Simmons who is not? She could get it again and potentially spread it again.
How does Nieves, and by extension the council, handle this and other future anti-vaxxers?