Hey, does anyone care that Democratic primaries in four City Council districts will take place in less than one week? Yup, mark your calendars, Sept. 15. Polls open at 6 a.m.
What will the turnout be? Probably 10 percent, maybe a little more. Me, I love voting. It’s a great chance to get even, or actually support a candidate you like. Primaries are strange birds. They’re all about identifying friends and dragging them to the polls. “What do you mean you’re getting a pedicure! I need your vote.”
Sometimes a candidate can have more support going into primary day than a challenger but lose because of a stinky get-out-the-vote operation. So lots of phones will be ringing in the next few days from candidates dialing for votes. And who knows, maybe a few votes out of St. Michael’s Cemetery? Nah, that doesn’t happen in city elections.
Bridgeport has 10 City Council districts with two members per district. A quick recap of the candidates:
District 135, North End, Whiskey Hill: Peter Clarke and Mary McBride-Lee will challenge incumbents Warren Blunt and Richard Bonney. Isa Mujahid is also in the hunt running solo.
District 136, the Hollow, portion of Noth End and East Side: Mark Trojanowski, running solo, will take on incumbents Angel DePara and Carlos Silva.
District 137, East Side: Maria Valle and Christina Ayala versus endorsed candidates Lydia Martinez and Manny Ayala. Valle is an incumbent City Council member who was dumped by Democratic Town Committee members.
District 138, Upper East Side: Andy Fardy and Ann Barney are taking on incumbents Bob Curwen and Rich Paoletto. So too James Morton and Tyreke Bird. Endorsed candidates listed on the top line, followed by Fardy and Barney and then Morton and Bird.
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