UPDATE: Dennis Bradley qualifies for public grant. The clock is winding down to qualify for public dough in state primary races, according to the Citizens Election Program calendar. Next Friday July 18 is the final day candidates for the August 12 Democratic primary can make the agenda for public money. Two State Senate primaries and two State House primaries lead the action.
Incumbent Anthony Musto and his Democratic primary opponent Marilyn Moore have both qualified for an $83,550 grant to spend in the final weeks of the campaign in Connecticut’s 22nd Senate District covering Trumbull and portions of Bridgeport and Monroe.
Incumbent Andres Ayala has his public loot in the 23rd Senate District. Will City Librarian Scott Hughes make the deadline in time? Hughes must raise $15,000 in small donations to receive the State Senate primary money. As of Thursday afternoon with a week to go, he was about $1,000 short, according to his fundraising page. He’ll also need 300 of those contributions to come from either Bridgeport or Stratford. The Senate district covers about two thirds of Bridgeport and a portion of western Stratford.
On Wednesday, State Rep. Christina Ayala dropped off her information packet with the State Elections Enforcement Commission that overseas the public grant program. She hopes to be on next week’s agenda for public money approval. She must raise $5,000 in donations between $5 and $100 with 150 of the donations coming within the city limits. Party-endorsed Chris Rosario has received his public grant of $27,850. City Fire Commissioner Dennis Bradley received a thumbs-up for his public money on Thursday. Teresa Davidson, a newcomer to elections, is also a candidate in the battle royal. The 128th State House District covers the East Side and Hollow.
Wednesday night House Speaker Brendan Sharkey attended a fundraiser for Board of Education member Andre Baker who’s challenging party-endorsed Ernie Newton in a primary. Baker hopes the money coming in from Sharkey’s visit gets him to the public-money promised land. Newton is raising money outside the voluntary program because a bill supported by Sharkey prohibits his participation dating back to his federal corruption conviction about 10 years ago.
The State House candidates involved in primaries overlap the Ayala-Hughes State Senate primary. State Senate candidates will appear first on the ballot.