Bridgeport PAC endorses slate for council/ed board primaries

After interviewing several candidates, Citizens Working for a Better Bridgeport – a new political action committee – has announced some endorsements.

The group is non-partisan but not happy with the powers-that-be in this Democratic city.

So in the case of the school board and one council contest, Citizens is backing the folks challenging the party-endorsed candidates in the Sept. 10 primaries.

But in the case of another council race in the 137th District, Citizens is supporting the endorsed Democrats – a pair of new faces who are being challenged in the primary by incumbent Councilwoman Lydia Martinez.

Here’s the official announcement:


Political Action Committee CW4BB Announces Primary



Bridgeport CT, August 25, 2013 – On August 25, 2013 the Political Action Committee,

Citizens Working for a Better Bridgeport (CW4BB) made the following announcement

regarding candidate endorsements for the upcoming City of Bridgeport primaries in City

Council and Board of Education elections.


We are pleased to announce the Bridgeport primary election endorsements by Citizens Working for a Better Bridgeport (CW4BB). They are:

Board of Education – City wide:
Andre Baker – District 139 (D/WF)
Howard Gardner – District 132 (D)
Dave Hennessey – District 130 (D)

City Council – District 132:                            City Council – District 137:

Bob Halstead (D)                                             Maria Valle (D)

Tricia Swain (D)                                               Aidee Nieves (D)
The above candidates satisfactorily completed the CW4BB questionnaire and were interviewed by representatives of the group. The endorsement reflects CW4BB’s belief that these individuals are qualified, not conflicted, are committed to serve the taxpayers (both BOE and the Council) and the kids (BOE), and support the key governance principles outlined by CW4BB.

Other primary candidates were under consideration as well, but some of them did not meet the deadline date provided by CW4BB for completion of the required questionnaires. In addition, some candidates who did complete the questionnaire and were interviewed did, in fact, garner support among CW4BB members but not enough to warrant an endorsement in this primary. Of particular note is the fact that CW4BB has chosen to only endorse up to three candidates for BOE and two for each contested Council seat in this primary.

Given the minority representation requirements for the BOE and the fact that there are five positions on the Board of Education up for re-election, CW4BB may choose to support up to five candidates for the BOE in the general election. In addition, all endorsements are subject to reconsideration based on subsequent events.

CW4BB will provide financial and other support to endorsed candidates consistent with applicable legal limits. We expect to hold a forum for endorsed candidates before the primary. We also expect to hold a public forum for general election candidates after the primary and to make CW4BB endorsements for general election BOE and Council candidates thereafter.

“These are the first endorsements by CW4BB’s Political Action Committee (PAC). This is only the beginning of our effort to help achieve real and positive change in Bridgeport ” by Gabrielle Parisi, Chair.

“CW4BB’s endorsements are based on the credentials and character of the individuals involved irrespective of their political affiliation. These endorsed candidates have the ability to make Bridgeport a better place for all of us. They deserve our support.” by Dave Walker, Treasurer

Any questions regarding these endorsements should be directed to:

Gabrielle Parisi, Chair at

Dave Walker, Treasurer at


CW4BB is actively seeking volunteers from all sections of Bridgeport to aid us in our efforts in this upcoming primary, as well as the general election and beyond. 


About Citizens Working for a Better Bridgeport

CW4BB is dedicated to improving the city through constructive and non-partisan community activism. The coalition is especially concerned with The City of Bridgeport’s governance practices, financial condition, education system, economic development and public services.

Brian Lockhart