Dems, GOP Endorse Statewide Candidates, Primaries Loom For Some Spots

Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa, left and City Councilman Marcus Brown, center, at Democratic convention in Hartford. Photo Courtesy of Frank Gerratana.

Statewide candidates received respective party endorsements over the weekend.

Dems backed U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Gov. Ned Lamont, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, Attorney General William Tong and Sean Scanlon, the nominee for comptroller.

August primaries loom for treasurer and secretary of the state. Erick Russell received the endorsement for treasurer, but Karen Dubois-Walton and Dita Bhargava banked enough support for a primary. Stephanie Thomas nailed the endorsement for SOTS. Matt Lesser, Hilda Santiago and former city Health Director Maritza Bond qualified for a primary.

Bob Stefanowski at GOP convention at Foxwoods. Photo courtesy of Yehyun Kim / CT Mirror

Republicans endorsed Bob Stefanowski for governor, Laura Devlin for lieutenant governor, Jessica Kordas for attorney general, Mary Fay for comptroller and Harry Arora for treasurer.

Themis Klarides, endorsed for U.S. Senate, faces two primary challengers, Leora Levy and Peter Lumaj.  Dominic Rapini is endorsed for secretary of the state. Brock Weber and Terrie Wood qualified for a primary.

City Councilman Ernie Newton, Council President Aidee Nieves, State Rep. Antonio Felipe and State Rep. Chris Rosario at Dem convention in Hartford. Photo courtesy of Frank Gerratana.

Democrats will endorse Congressman Jim Himes Monday night for an eighth term representing Connecticut’s 4th District.

Tuesday night delegates will gather at Testo’s Restaurant to endorse State Senator Marilyn Moore for another two-year term. On the same night Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Herron Gaston is favored for the party endorsement for the seat occupied by State Senator Dennis Bradley who is seeking reelection. Juliemar Ortiz is also officially in the race. City Councilman Ernie Newton says he may enter his name into nomination.

Opponents need 15 percent delegate support to qualify for an August primary.



  1. What did Mario Testa and Mayor Joe Ganim the Bridgeport delegation gain at the convention?
    New Haven puts up the biggest plurality of Democratic votes of anywhere in the state, plus New Haven has three candidates running for statewide office this year. The large Bridgeport delegation mostly their first statewide convention for governor saw how weak Bridgeport is in comparison to New Haven and Hartford who have more political clout than the largest city in the state by population. So, what did Bridgeport come away with from the 2022 Connecticut Democratic Party convention? NOTHING.


  2. EXPERIENCE!! That is what they return to Bridgeport with. When they leave town as a delegation the next time, perhaps they will have priorities that are public and may produce results for the municipality, down the road. There is intelligence residing among our elected resident elect. Perhaps it will strike them that the cultivation of priorities, with the people in mind, and regularly referenced and reported to, may be a more productive way to spend their time rather than spin their wheels? Time will tell.


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