Short on signatures to qualify for the August 9 Democratic primary for state senate, Juliemar Ortiz is trying to close the deal for a ballot spot in the general election running on the Connecticut Working Families Party line.
Party-endorsed Herron Gaston and incumbent Dennis Bradley will face off in the primary.
From the Ortiz campaign:
Juliemar Ortiz, the progressive challenger for the 23rd State Senate District, announced that she will continue her campaign on the Working Families Party ballot line. Her team and volunteers are collecting signatures for the November 9 general election.
“The people of Bridgeport and Stratford need a real voice for change in this election–they deserve an opportunity to vote for progress, social equity, and economic justice,” said Ortiz.
“The 23rd District has proven before that insider politicians do not decide who gets to represent our community–only the people of Bridgeport and Stratford can do that. We are proud to be the first state legislative district in the nation to elect a Working Families Party candidate when Senator Ed Gomes ran in 2015.
“The voters beat Bridgeport’s corrupt Democratic machine then and we can do it again now. I’m committed to being a voice for change to make our state a place where all people can live free from poverty and discrimination. We are tired of waiting for basic human rights. We deserve livable wages, universal healthcare, affordable and safe housing for all, and a real climate justice plan. I won’t stop fighting until government meets the needs of the people.”