You Like Primaries? You Got ‘Em

The deadline for petitioning candidates to submit signatures to the Registrar’s Office was Wednesday at 4 p.m. It looks like nine Democratic primaries in ten City Council districts. Elections officials are still reviewing some challenger petition sheets for certification, so additional names could be added but here’s a look so far. First two names party endorsed followed by challengers. Primary is September 12.

130: Scott Burns and Rowan Kane; Pete Spain and Christina Smith.

131: Denese Taylor-Moye and Jack Banta; Jorge Cruz running alone.

132: Evette Brantley and Rolanda Smith; Marcus Brown and Kyle Langan.

133: Jeanette Herron and Michael DeFilippo; Bob Keeley and Anne Pappas Phillips.

135: Rosalina Christy and Darrett Evans Moss; Mary McBride-Lee and Richard Salter.

136: Alfredo Castillo and Maria Zambrano Viggiano; Joe Casco running alone.

137: Aidee Nieves and Maria Valle; Milta Feliciano and Hector Diaz.

138: Timothy Bassey and Michele Small; Anthony Paoletto and Nessah Smith; Karen Jackson and Samia Suliman.

139: Eneida Martinez and James Holloway; Ernie Newton and Wanda Simmons (running separate).

The two City Council candidates with the most votes in each district go on to the general election.

It’s unclear if challengers for school board and city sheriff slots will qualify. Those are citywide positions requiring 2,245 certified signatures, a tough slog.

Party endorsed school board: Jessica Martinez, Chaila Robinson and Hernan Illingworth. A slate of JoAnn Kennedy, Helen Losak and Eric Stewart-Alicea trying to forge a primary.

Endorsed Dems for sheriff, Dennis Scinto, Steve Nelson and Anderson Ayala. Louis Lopez, Wilfredo Martinez and Frank Appleby trying to qualify for primary.



  1. *** Other than the 130th district, everyone else endorsed by the city’s D.T.C is a shoe-in to win. The 130th is one of the very few districts, whom do their political homework & there-fore, it can go to either party depending on the candidates, there backers & how well their campaign headquarters do there jobs in general. ***

      1. Yea it happens every now and then but over all compare the numbers between DTC indorse do and those running a primary against them? All except the 130th district.

  2. My 133 is going to be very interesting. Most 3030 Park Democratic folks were fans of Tom McCarthy and thought he would go on forever. But new residents soon will out number the ones with 8 years or more in the District. And they mostly come from outside of Bridgeport much less outside the District. They register more and more as uncommitted. And we vote almost all absentee ballots in supervised voting now. Wonder how many will even come to the meet & greet we will do for both sides.


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