C’mon in. Everyone else is. The seat being vacated by State Rep. Felipe Reinoso appears headed for a free for all.
City Council member Eze Santiago, backed by district leader Mitch Robles, is the favorite for the Democratic Party endorsement. But others are in play such as veteran pol Chico Rivera and newcomer Sly Salcedo. And what about former state representative Hector Diaz? He no longer lives in the district that he knows so well, but could always move in. And now I’m hearing that Keith Cougar Rodgerson, who moved into the district a few months ago, may be sharpening his teeth for a primary run. The heavily Latino district covers the South End, downtown, and portions of the East Side and West Side.
Voter turnouts in city elections have reached a pathetic low. So in a crowded field with 6,000 registered Democrats, the Aug. 12 primary winner could pull it out with just a few hundred votes. Yes, a nice, hot primary season.
Two other Democratic legislative incumbents appear headed for primaries. Former City Council member Auden Grogins, the blonde banshee from Black Rock, is poised to challenge State Rep. Rapid Robert Keeley, the longest serving legislator in city history. The endorsement looks tight with one vote perhaps swinging the party choice. The legislative district includes Black Rock, and portions of the West End, West Side and lower North End. Black Rock District Leader Danny Roach, a Grogins supporter, is not a happy man. Seems like the commitment, he believes he had from delegate Hector Diaz, is now in jeopardy. Hector, according to Roach, had pleged his proxy, but now Roach can’t find him. Hector’s support for Keeley would swing the endorsement to Keeley. Hector, my friend, come out, come out wherever you are!
State Rep. Andres Ayala, whose district covers the East Side, is looking at a stare-down from former state rep Lydia Martinez.
Trumbull Town Treasurer Anthony Musto was endorsed by acclamation for state senate by Democrats Monday night. Marilyn Moore, who served as a legislative aide to State Sen. Ed Gomes, is threatening to run a primary. The winner will face Republican State Sen. Rob Russo in November.
Challenge candidates can qualify for the ballot, according to Adam Joseph, spokeperson with the Connecticut Secretary of State’s Office, one of two ways. Support from fifteen percent of the delegates secured at the endorsement session or securing validated signtures from five percent of registered Democrats within the assembly district. Petitioning candidates will have until June 10 to return petition signatures. All of them can take advantage of the state’s public financing system that will level the field for campaign spending. Did I miss anyone? Legislative delegate endorsements for Bridgeport state house seats will take place Tuesday night.
News brief from Mayor Bill Finch:
Over the weekend the Mayor, his wife, and their two children participated in the Alpha Walk to End Homelessness. The group walked from Captain’s Cove to St. Mary’s By the Sea and back to raise funds and awareness for homelessness. There were many, many supporters walking as well as a raffle and silent auction. The Mayor congratulates Alpha Community Services on a very successful fundraising event to support a worthy cause in Bridgeport.
City Council Agenda
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Monday, May 19, 2008
city council chambers, city hall – 45 lyon terrace
Pledge of Allegiance
City Council Citation: Recognition of Unitarian Church of Westport for their support of Beardsley School Students.
Approval of City Council Minutes: April 21, 2008
COMMUNICATIONS TO BE REFERRED TO COMMITTEES:
Communication from Airport re Proposed Agreement with the State for Airport Improvement Projects at Bridgeport Sikorsky Memorial Airport, referred to Contracts Committee.
Communication from Engineering re First Supplemental to the Original Agreement dated November 1, 2004 with the State for the development of contract plans, specifications and estimates for traffic signal modernization at various locations, referred to Public Safety and Transportation Committee.
Communication from Finance Department re Proposed Professional Services Agreement with Blum, Shapiro & Company, P.C. for the purpose of conducting an examination of the City’s annual financial statements, referred to Contracts Committee.
Communication from Finance Department re Lease Agreement with G.J.S. Properties LLC, regarding Parking Facilities for police and city vehicles located at 205-245 Congress Street, referred to Contracts Committee.
Communication from Human Services re Grant Submission Re: 2008 – 2009 State Department of Public Health LHD/Youth Violence/Suicide Prevention Grant, referred to Economic and Community Development and Environment Committee.
Communication from Human Services re Grant Submission Re: 2008 – 2009 YSB Enhancement Grant with the State Department of Education “Positive Choices” Program, referred to Economic and Community Development and Environment Committee.
Communication from Human Services re Grant Submission Re: 2008 – 2009 Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) with the State Department of Social Services, referred to Economic and Community Development and Environment Committee.
Communication from Finance Department re Approval of General Obligation Tax Anticipation Notes to Pay Current Expenses and Obligations of the City ($95,000,000), referred to Budget and Appropriations Committee.
Communication from Human Services re Grant Submission Re: 2008 – 2009 Per Capita Grant with State Department of Public Health, referred to Economic and Community Development and Environment Committee.
Communication from Human Services re Grant Submission Re: 2008 – 2009 DPH Childhood Asthma Initiative – “Easy Breathing” Program with State Department of Public Health, referred to Economic and Community Development and Environment Committee.
MATTERS TO BE ACTED UPON (CONSENT CALENDAR):
Budget and Appropriations Committee report re Approval of General Obligation Bonds – Five Year Capital Plan for Fiscal Year 2009 – 2013 ($44,929,643).
MATTERS TO BE ACTED UPON:
Budget and Appropriations Committee report re Amending Five – Year Capital Plan for Fiscal Year 2009 – 2013.