Ganim Launches Statewide Grassroots Petition Drive, In Addition To Pursing 15% Of Democratic Delegates, As Part Of Two-Track Approach To Get On Primary Ballot

HARTFORD----Bridgeport Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Ganim today filed papers at the Office of the Secretary of the State to launch a statewide grassroots petition drive as part of a two-track approach to get on the Democratic primary ballot.

Ganim made clear he still intends to aggressively pursue obtaining 15% of Democratic delegates at the state party convention in May to get on the Democratic primary ballot.

“With headquarters being set up in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, and Waterbury, we are announcing today the beginning of a statewide grassroots petition drive that will tap into Democratic voters who want a choice for governor, not a process manipulated by party insiders,” said Ganim.

“We are confident of obtaining 15% of the delegates at the state convention.  But as widely reported, certain Democratic party insiders are trying to select the party’s gubernatorial candidate, rather than leaving it up to Democratic voters.  By obtaining the petition signatures we are building a statewide grassroots organization for the primary that will be inclusive and diverse. By collecting petition signatures, we will insure our place on the primary ballot if certain party insiders manipulate the convention rules,” said Ganim.

To get on the Democratic primary ballot, a total of 15,458 registered Democratic signatures are required.  Signatures can be obtained beginning May 1 and are due by June 12th.