City Charter language:
“All elected and appointed officers of the town and city shall hold their respective offices during the terms for which they shall be chosen and until the choice and qualification of their successor, except in the case of their prior death, resignation, or removal from office.”
Mayor Joe Ganim will not take the oath of office on December 1 as all all other elected official are scheduled to do.
City Attorney Mark Anastasi says Ganim will continue in office with all the charter-authorized power until the 2023 election cycle is resolved in 2024. The certified winner will then receive the oath of office for the period ending November 30, 2027
Superior Court Judge William Clark has set January 23 as the date for a new Democratic primary he ordered. The judge has ruled absentee ballot applications will not become available until Dec. 29, limiting the scope political operatives have to work serial absentee voters.
Also, if another general election is required it will take place late February.
Here’s the rub: prior to the Nov. 7 general election lawyers for both Ganim and mayoral candidate John Gomes agreed that if Ganim won the general election (he did) a victory in the primary redo would grant Ganim another term.
The Office of the Secretary of the State has taken the position no matter what another general election is required triggered by more than one candidate having qualified for the ballot. This is all new territory for Clark to sort out that could end up before the Connecticut Supreme Court depending how he rules. If another general election is ordered David Herz will once again be the Republican candidate. What will petitioning candidate Lamond Daniels do?
If Gomes wins the new primary Ganim has a lifeline on the New Movement Party line if he chooses to take it.
Meanwhile the campaigns of Ganim and Gomes are trying to refuel empty treasuries during the holiday season with the resetting of $1,000 as the maximum personal contribution. A number of campaign workers for both camps are in limbo for pay days until buoyed bank accounts.
The campaigns will not spend in earnest likely until after Christmas.