Trumbull senator to challenge Ganim in primary
BRIDGEPORT — State Sen. Marilyn Moore is headed for a primary election against incumbent Mayor Joe Ganim in September.
She announced her mayoral candidacy on Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday back in January. Now, just over five months later on Independence Day, Moore announced her plans to shoot for a primary to a crowd of roughly 50 supporters on Fairfield Avenue near her campaign headquarters.
“Today, it’s not about a primary or the general election,” Moore said. “It is about our independence from a system that is not democratic and not equal ... We are going to the September primary fighting for our independence. And we will win.”
She said her campaign is not about her, but about Bridgeport.
“I want to see Bridgeport succeed,” she said. “And I believe I am the person who can help Bridgeport succeed.”
She said she believes her supporters can help her win in the September primary and the November election.
“Today, on Independence Day, I turn my attention to my beloved community and ask that you declare independence from a system that has been a yoke on our city,” Moore said.
She talked about concerns she’s heard from numerous residents about a lack of transparency in Bridgeport government, including the lack of “response or action by our police chief regarding the reckless actions of some police officers.” Moore also touched on the recent approval of “an interim superintendent who does not have the proper credentials overseeing our children’s education.”
She said the lack of transparency shows more than just poor management.
“It is designed to alienate and disenfranchise the residents of Bridgeport,” Moore said. “It is intentional and it is controlled by a few people who have wielded perceived power to a few.”
To force a primary, Moore will have to collect the signatures of 5 percent of Bridgeport’s registered Democrats, which she said is around 2,500 voters. She said she isn’t worried about getting those signatures, despite her anticipating that she’ll only have about 10 days to get them, adding that her team and supporters will help her get these signatures through rain, sun and humidity.
So far, Moore said her mayoral campaign has raised about $100,000.
Moore, who has been a life-long Bridgeport resident, said she would bring corporate and government experience to the mayoral position. She said those who support her will support a candidate and political party “that is for all of the people all of the time.”
In the primary, Moore will challenge Ganim, close friend of Mario Testa, the veteran chairman of the city’s Democratic Town Committee. Ganim won a three-way primary in 2015 against businesswoman Mary-Jane Foster and then-incumbent Bill Finch.