No matter the results in next Tuesday’s Republican primary for Board of Education, incumbent Joe Sokolovic will have a second bite at the ballot courtesy of an endorsement from the Connecticut Working Families Party.
The WFP on Tuesday announced endorsements for City Council seats in advance of the September 14 Democratic primary, as well as school board candidates it’s backing in the general election.
Sokolovic is going it alone in the primary challenging GOP endorsed John Weldon, the board chair, and Mary Gaits and Peter Perillo. Sokolovic, hoping for voter candidate splitting, is matched up against Gaits on the primary ballot. The WFP is backing him in the primary and general election.
The WFP endorsed City Council candidates Tyler Mack (131st District), Dasha Spell (132nd District), Aikeem Boyd (133rd District), Wanda Simmons and Victoria Majewski (139th District).
For the Board of Education, in addition to Sokolovic, WFP endorsed Jose Lopez and Khalid Muhammad in the general election
“Bridgeport should be a place of opportunity, a city that is vibrant, open, ready to embrace change and grow,” stated Carlos Moreno, Connecticut State Director of the Working Families Party. “Instead, this great city is frequently bedeviled by a corrupt local government, fraught with indictments, criminal investigations and resignations. We believe that a change is needed, and not just on personnel, but on how City Hall works, top to bottom. Tyler, Dasha, Joseph, Terra, Wanda, Victoria, Joseph, Aikeem, Jose and Khalid embody this change, and the willingness of a whole city to move forward.”
“The Bridgeport Working Families Town Committee is proud and honored to support our candidates for both the City Council and BOE seats,” added Sauda Baraka, Bridgeport’s WFP Town Committee Chair. “This primary election, voters have the opportunity to elect competent, intelligent, honest, and forthright candidates to represent them. For far too long the culture of our Bridgeport city government has been wrecked by entitlement and toxicity, with no action taken by either the mayor or our city council to condemn or obviate this behavior. This is the time for change! Let us, Bridgeport voters, make that change at the polls!”
The Working Families Party endorsement comes with candidate training and strategic campaign support. Some of their key issues focus on racial, environmental, and economic justice, tax fairness, healthcare reform, strong public education system and immigration reform.
WFP-endorsed candidates appear on the WFP line on the ballot in the general election.
Under state-mandated minority-party representation three of the nine school board members cannot be affiliated with a major party.