BRIDGEPORT — Marcus Brown, a 29-year-old two-term city councilman, took the Democratic nod for the 22nd State Senate District away from incumbent Sen. Marilyn Moore at Tuesday’s party nominating convention.

Brown received 43 of the 53 votes cast, or 81 percent, to Moore’s 10 votes and almost 19 percent. Despite her low total, Moore qualified for the Aug. 11 primary.

“I’m not disappointed,” said Moore. “After seeing the names of the Bridgeport representatives, I expected to lose ... Every single one of the Bridgeport representatives voted for Marcus.”

Brown, a junior at the University of Massachusetts, said he was “ecstatic” over the size of his win and said he must now focus on the primary.

“It’s going to be different this year,” he said, adding that the coronavirus pandemic is going to require creativity to reach the voters. “We’ll be doing phone calls, mailings, emails ... I can’t let the virus stop me from discussing the issues with the voters. I want them to hear my ideas.”

Among the issues he believes will be important in August and November is how the state deals with what could be an enormous deficit.

“A tax increase is not something we need at this time,” Brown said.

Before the convention, Brown said, he contacted all the delegates — even those he knew were supporting Moore.

“I didn’t take anything for granted,” he said. “I wanted to build a relationship with all the delegates. I want them to be part of my team in November.”

Brown must now defeat Moore, who in the past has defeated an incumbent and a party-endorsed candidate to get and retain her seat. The 22nd District includes part of Monroe, all of Trumbull and most of Bridgeport

In 2014, she defeated Sen. Anthony Musto in a primary then took the seat in the election. Despite being the incumbent, in 2016 she had to defeat Tom McCarthy, then the City Council president, in a primary to regain the party’s endorsement.

Last summer, Moore narrowly lost a mayoral primary to Mayor Joseph Ganim.

“I pride myself in the work I do,” Moore said. “I address the issues that are unpopular and work to protect all people in the state.”

She said she prides herself on helping pass a law that increased the minimum wage to $15. Lately, she said, she has focused on helping nursing homes weather the pandemic and strengthening the 2Gen model designed to help disadvantaged, low-income families sustain themselves by ensuring that both children and parents receive services they need to succeed.

“I go to Hartford every day with the intention of lifting people up without hurting anyone else,” Moore said. “I missed only one vote in six years. I stand on my reputation.”

Moore, 73, and a lifelong Bridgeport resident, is the deputy president pro tempore of the state Senate. She is the Senate chair of both the Human Services and General Bonding committees and vice chair of the Committee on Children.