Ganim looking forward after election; Gomes calls for voter fraud legislation

With the election behind him, Mayor Joe Ganim says he will now pivot to policy, focusing on housing. But Ganim's opponent, John Gomes, is not ready to give up his fight.

Tom Krosnowski and Rose Shannon

Feb 28, 2024, 10:29 PM

Updated 55 days ago

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Bridgeport officials are looking to move forward following a court-ordered election do-over and a monthslong saga.
Mayor Joe Ganim, elected to an eighth term, tells News 12 the numbers speak for themselves.
"Coming out a fourth time, in the midst of February, it's unusual at best. Then resoundingly 60% of the vote and a higher voter turnout than we've had in the past, it's humbling and appreciated," says Ganim.
With the election behind him, Ganim says he will now pivot to policy, focusing on housing.
"We have a goal. I want to create 6,000 new units, 1,000 a year between now and 2030. That's a vision. We don't have enough affordable homes or housing in Connecticut. We have a challenge in Bridgeport, especially for our seniors on fixed incomes," says Ganim.
The city is also looking to expand as an entertainment hub with new venues.
But Ganim's opponent, John Gomes, is not ready to give up his fight.
In his campaign concession speech, Gomes called for voter fraud legislation.
"We understand our journey has ended with this election, but the fight and the movement will continue," says Gomes.
Secretary of the State Stephanie Thomas says there are number of proposals regarding voting fraud legislation, but none have reached the level to become law.
Another priority is educating voters.
"So the lady knows not to give her ballot to the 'nice lady' but that she has to drop it off herself," says Thomas.


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