Early next month various political conventions will take place to endorse candidates for state and federal public offices.
Governor Ned Lamont, unless something dramatic occurs, will once again face Republican Bob Stefanowski in the November General Election. Endorsements for governor in both parties appear perfunctory.
Same for several other candidates on the Democratic side including Congressman Jim Himes and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal. Himes’ leading Republican opponent is former Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson. The GOP may stage an August primary to choose a standard bearer against Blumenthal.
The most intrigue for state senator is Connecticut’s 23rd District where Herron Gaston, assistant chief administrative officer, is the favorite for the party endorsement. Will incumbent Dennis Bradley, scheduled for trial late next month to defend federal charges that he manipulated the state’s campaign finance program, receive the nine votes necessary to qualify for a primary? City Councilman Ernie Newton may also throw his name into nomination.
Bridgeport’s other State Senator Marilyn Moore does not have an announced primary opponent.
Delegates to political conventions are party insiders such as town committee members, City Council representatives, elected officials. Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa crafted lists based on input from district leaders for sign off by the town committee.
See complete list of Bridgeport Democratic delegates