Harding High School hoop legend Wes Matthews knows what it’s like to win championships, swishing two rings as a member of the NBA Los Angeles Lakers. He’s dishing an assist to former Mayor Joe Ganim’s citywide slate joining 135th District Leader Steve Nelson and Democratic Town Committee member Manny Cotto for the three city sheriff slots.
They are challenging incumbent-endorsed sheriffs Dennis Scinto, Willie Murphy and Mitch Robles, all of whom support Mayor Bill Finch, in the expected September 16 primary.
“I’m a living product of this city, even though it’s not the city I once knew,” said Matthews in a news release by the Ganim campaign. “This used to be a beautiful town and I want to help us get back to that. I want to do my part to improve the city I love.”
Matthews canvassed the P.T. Barnum housing complex on Wednesday to secure signatures from registered Democrats in the cause of making the primary ballot for Ganim’s slate of candidates.
“I’m sick of how some of our elected officials spend too much time ‘poli-tricking’, and not enough time doing what’s right for Bridgeport’s kids. What happened to organized sports for middle schoolers? It’s sad, I only saw two boys shooting hoops at the park today. We need to do more to get kids off the streets and get them engaged in physical activity,” said Matthews.
Matthews’ son is a star player in the NBA.
The Ganim citywide challenge slate: City Clerk Fleeta Hudson; Town Clerk Alma Maya; Board of Education Maria Pereira, Dennis Bradley, Ben Walker; City Sheriffs Matthews, Nelson and Cotto.
Finch citywide endorsed slate: City Clerk Lydia Martinez; Town Clerk Don Clemons; Board of Education Hernan Illingworth, Kadisha Coates, Faith Villegas; City Sheriffs Scinto, Murphy and Robles.