Secrest Named Finch Campaign Manager

News release from Finch campaign:

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch’s re-election campaign announced today that Maryli Secrest has been chosen to fill the role of campaign manager.

“I’m excited to join Bill Finch’s campaign aimed at moving Bridgeport toward a better future,” said Maryli Secrest. “Mayor Finch is making smart investments in Bridgeport’s future. He’s creating jobs, helping businesses grow and thrive, building new parks and schools, and developing the waterfront after years of broken promises. He has our state’s largest city moving in the right direction, and I’m thrilled to be a part of his team.”

Maryli has been working in Connecticut government and politics for nearly a decade. Most recently, she served as the campaign manager for Congressman Jim Himes’ re-election campaign. Prior to that, she led political and field operations for Congressman Himes and the State Party.

“I’m thrilled to have Maryli join our team,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. “I have known Maryli for some time and witnessed first-hand the amazing work she’s done in Bridgeport and across Fairfield County. I’m sure she’s up for the challenge of helping us continue making Bridgeport an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

Maryli also worked for the City of Bridgeport’s Conservation Corps 2009, and the Citizens Campaign for the Environment–an advocacy group that engages citizens on the importance of environmental protection–from 2007-2009. She lives with her husband and their four-year-old son in Fairfield County.



  1. Rodgerson wrote this April 2007. Seems nothing has changed except those elbowing their way to the front of the DTC feeding frenzy line.
    The local Democratic Party my family has been involved with for generations has entered a dark age that threatens the future of the City of Bridgeport. It continues to reflect the needs of local powerbrokers in a manner that oftentimes is counter to the needs of the city. Today this finds definition in a three-way power struggle between former town chairmen John Stafstrom, Christopher Caruso and Mario Testa. As such, the party has become a clearinghouse for their own personal political goals, much to the chagrin of many Democratic Party committee members and the citizens of Bridgeport: Democratic, Republican and third party alike.
    These individuals do not reflect my values, nor do they reflect those of the citizens of Bridgeport. They have turned the Democratic Party into an arena where they vie for power while in Bridgeport our bridges remain broken, and our ports undredged.

  2. Wasn’t Keith Rodgerson the guy on the council who came up with the men’s room ordinance that required coat hooks on all men’s rooms stall doors because he once went to hang his coat and there wasn’t a hook so it feel on the floor?
    Or do I have him confused with somebody else?

  3. I did not know Rodgerson’s wife was political. Bob, I do believe the bathroom scenario was correct.

    I thought Keith tried to make things happen downtown with his outdoor movies and barbeque. I supported his efforts. He lived there behind the courthouse.

    Good for him, good for his wife. I never knew his nickname was Cougar. I did attend a fundraiser for him so I must have thought he had potential as a councilmen, though he was not in my district.

  4. *** Why not, it may “help” secure a city job or a family member keep a city job, no? Besides, it’s more than likely your Bpt local town committee will re-endorse Mayor Finch once again! ***

  5. And a great quote from Mayor Greenjeans. Up to the challenge of continuing to make Bridgeport a great place to live, work and raise your family. Too bad she doesn’t live in B’port and apparently has no plans on raising HER family here.

  6. Wasn’t Keith given a job by Finch to keep him quiet? I don’t know if he’s still employed by the City of Bridgeport, but he was, and it was a politically driven position.

    1. In a CT Post editorial, Mayor Finch was urged to give Keith a position. He was a sharp educated individual with some out-of-the-box ideas. Like Bob Walsh stated, coat hooks in the men’s room, Brilliant!

    1. I always thought the CT Post editorials were not worth the paper they were printed on.
      As to the genius of Keith Rodgerson, can you tell us Steve what your American Idol is doing these days with his impressive degrees?


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