The Democratic big dogs are coming to town on behalf of State House candidate Steven Staftsrom. Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, House Speaker Brendan Sharkey and Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz will attend a Tuesday night fundraiser at the home of Scott and Claire Burns in Black Rock for Stafstrom’s quest to qualify for public financing for the February 24 special election in the 129th State House District formerly occupied by Augen Grogins, who’s been nominated to the state bench.
The list of political dignitaries features an eclectic group of government officials and activists, some who get along, some who don’t, but for these purposes have a common ally. Mayor Bill Finch, 2011 Democratic challenger and Mary-Jane Foster are included among the invitation party.
Stafstrom won the Democratic nomination. He’ll be joined on the ballot by Republican City Councilman Enrique Torres as well as petitioning candidates former State House members Hector Diaz and Bob Keeley, City Councilman Bob Halstead and newcomer Toshirea Jackson, if their petition signatures are certified by elections officials. Official word on that will come later this week.