Megan DeSombre from Education Bridgeport has update on Bagley replacement protocol here
John Bagley’s resignation from the Board of Education last week has members of the school board in search of a replacement. Bridgeport’s Republican Party is recommending Steve Best who came up short in an effort to win one of the three minority party spots on the board last November.
Here’s what the City Charter states about filling a school board vacancy:
If a vacancy arises for any reason in the membership of the Board of Education, the remaining members shall elect a new member to serve for the balance of the term vacated. The person so elected shall be a resident and elector and a member of the same political party as the member vacating such office.
Bagley won a seat two years ago as a registered Democrat running on the Working Families Party line. There are only four registered WFP voters in the city, according to Democratic Registrar Sandi Ayala. The replacement cannot be a Democrat because under state-mandated minority-party representation, the maximum number of Democrats who can serve on the board is six. Because Bagley won the seat on a line different from his political affiliation, does this now open up the search pool to all candidates outside the Democratic Party?
The City Attorney’s Office is expected to craft that argument to school board members. The school board’s own attorney may have a different interpretation.
From the Bridgeport Republican Town Committee:
The Bridgeport Republican Town Committee is proud to recommend Steve Best for the current vacancy on the Board of Education.
Steve Best was a candidate for the Board of Education in 2013 and came within 280 votes of election. Steve attended all of the Board of Education meetings in 2013 at which time he then became the deputy campaign manager for David Walker for Lieutenant Governor which preempted his ability to attend further meetings due to statewide travel.
Within that time, Steve has continually expressed interest in another run for Board of Education. Although not a lifelong resident, Steve has proven time and again his commitment to the City of Bridgeport as well as all of Bridgeport’s children. For these reasons and more, Steve has the full confidence of the Bridgeport RTC.
During the 2013 Board of Ed election, The Connecticut Post published four Op-Eds written by Steve about Education.