News release from John Gomes:
Today, John Gomes vowed he will continue his campaign on behalf of the voters of Bridgeport. History repeated itself on Primary night. After winning the city-wide in-person vote by over 500, once again, the outcome of the Primary was determined by absentee ballots. This marks two consecutive Primaries where the results of the in-person vote, did not coincide with the results of absentees.
Gomes stated, “Opposition to Joe Ganim’s leadership showed up at the polls yesterday, and more will be showing up in the November General Election. Despite campaign staffers and challenge candidates being threatened, requests for election monitoring being denied, and an ongoing criminal referral of Ganim campaign staffers from 2019, we will continue on. The voices of 3,250 petition signers, and nearly 4,000 Democratic Primary voters will not be silenced. Last night’s outcome affects every voter in Bridgeport, not just registered Democrats. Once again, four years later, voters feel cheated, disenfranchised, and apathetic.”
Gomes continued, “On December 1, 2022 our movement for change in Bridgeport began. We were the first challenge campaign to declare, the first to open a headquarters in February, the first campaign to begin canvassing in May, and the first and only challenger slate to qualify for the Primary, and the only campaign to declare victory of the in-person vote at the poll locations on Primary Day. I call out to all voters of every political party in the City of Bridgeport to go out and vote in November to make a change.”
Gomes concluded, “For far too long, the unwritten rule in Bridgeport has been, ‘The people who cast the votes don’t decide an election, the people who count the votes do.’ The loss of faith in democracy in Bridgeport elections ends when we all stand up united and declare, NEVER AGAIN. This is a civil rights issue that affects every Bridgeport voter. We are grateful for the overwhelming support from residents, local business owners, community members, friends, family, neighbors who have joined our movement for change Bridgeport. The fight for electoral reform and justice in the Park City continues, stay tuned.”