Last summer when the state was forced to hand over control to the Bridgeport electorate, there were nine candidates for four open seats on the nine member panel. This year, at least as many want a chance to sit on the board where discord is standard practice — despite what board bylaws say.
Democratic nominees include: Brandon Clark, a counselor at Achievement First Bridgeport Academy, a city charter school; Katie Bukovny, who works in education market research and the Rev. Simon Castillo, pastor at Good Shepher Christian Church.
Republicans have nominated: David Burnell, an adjunct professor of business and engineering at the University of Bridgeport, John Weldon, a former candidate for City Council in Black Rock; and Joe Larcheveque, the father of three children at Black Rock School.
The Connecticut Working Families Party have yet to announce their slate. They have an annual meeting set for 10 a.m. August 10 at the Germania Schwabben club on Horace ave in Bridgeport. In the meantime, Taylor Leake, a party spokesperson said Working Families is part of a coalition that is working to help Andre Baker, currently a city councilman, Howard Gardner and Dave Hennesey, a retired teacher, secure enough signatures — they need 2,000 — to run for school board seats. On Wednesday, former State Sen. Edwin Gomes, who got himself kicked out of Tuesday’s special school board meeting for causing a disturbance, said he backed Baker, Garner and Hennesey and would work to help get them elected.