“Line B for Bridgeport,” yells out Mayor Bill Finch, standing next to Annie Lamont, wife of gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont, outside Blackham School in Bridgeport’s North End.
And if anyone stops to chat with the mayor he then explains his reasoning on why Lamont’s election will benefit the Park City.
“The most important thing at stake here is if Bridgeport has a problem, if Ned wins, I can call him up and he will say Bill come right up,” Finch said. “I want someone who understands cities and will pick up the phone and be my partner.”
“It’s the first time in the history of Connecticut that a man or woman running for governor awaits their results in Bridgeport,” Finch adds, noting that local and national media will descend on Bridgeport tonight because Lamont will await the primary results at Democratic Town Committee Chairman Mario Testa’s restaurant on Madison Avenue.
Annette Segarra-Negron, business manager at Bullard Havens Regional Vocational Technical School in Bridgeport, told Finch she wasn’t sure who she would be voting for in a few minutes.
She said her biggest issue is education in the city. Her daughter never went to public schools because of the poor quality of the education available in her hometown, she said. Instead, her daughter attended St. Ambrose School and now Notre Dame in Fairfield.
Segarra-Negron said she has been fighting for new fields at Bullard Havens. “Annie, are you going to remember this lady when she knocks on Ned’s door?” Finch joked.
Lamont assures Segarra-Negron that “one of Ned’s things is you can’t send kids to school without sports, without arts and drama.”
Finch and Annie Lamont said they were not surprised but disappointed with the low turnout in Bridgeport and statewide polls. Although preliminary turnout numbers are still not available in the city, polling place seem to be averaging just a few hundred voters, if that.
Lamont said Greenwich polls at 8 a.m. were attracting little traffic.
Of the three Bridgeport polls Lamont and two of her children visited – Black Rock, Central and Blackham schools – the latter was the busiest. “It was very quiet at Central,” Lamont said.
Someone then walks up to Annie Lamont and tells her Wilbur Cross School appears to have a better turnout than other city polls. Turning to Finch, Lamont asks, “Is that a good place to go?”
“They all suck today,” Finch responds.