Board of Education Chair Dennis Bradley Monday night won a close Democratic endorsement over incumbent Ed Gomes in Connecticut’s 23rd State Senate District. The delegate vote was 30 to 24 at Testo’s Restaurant. Get set for an August primary.
“I make one promise,” Bradley announced from the podium after the vote, “you will not see another politician work as hard before this vote and after the vote to represent you. We will make this place better with all our sweat equity.”
Gomes, the 80-year-old political warrior, grabbed the microphone after Bradley, bellowing to the crowd “Let’s get out to the streets and bring it on!”
Connecticut’s 23rd Senate District includes two-thirds of Bridgeport and a portion of western Stratford.
Gomes has represented the district for the better part of the past decade except for the two years Andres Ayala occupied the seat following his defeat of Gomes in a 2012 Democratic primary. Gomes regained the seat in February 2015 in a special election after Ayala was appointed state Department of Motor Vehicle chief by Governor Dan Malloy. Ayala did not last long in the slot resigning following vociferous complaints from citizens over a series of DMV gaffes.