BRIDGEPORT – In a letter dated June 25, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill has officially notified Bridgeport Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Ganim that his petition to have his name placed on the August 14, 2018 Democratic primary ballot has been approved.
An image of the official certificate from the Secretary of the State’s office indicating that the required amount of signatures were submitted by the due date is attached to this message.
While Ganim submitted 32,000 petition signatures of registered Democrats, he only needed 15,458 signatures to qualify for the primary ballot. The Secretary of the State stopped counting once the official number was 16,929.
“I am humbled by the support of so many Connecticut Democratic voters who signed my petitions because they want a say who the Democratic gubernatorial candidate will be. This was a victory of the grassroots over insiders,” said Ganim. “Our grassroots campaign is energizing the Democratic base, especially in Connecticut’s largest cities. Not only did we collect 32,000 signatures of registered Democrats, we also signed up thousands of new voters during the process. Our campaign is about diversity and inclusion, and about building a Connecticut that works for everyone, not just a few.”
Mayor Ganim is the first Democrat to ever petition onto the ballot for Connecticut governor. Now that the petition process is complete, Ganim says the complete focus turns to the primary with Ned Lamont. “I plan to show Connecticut Democrats in the coming weeks that I have a clear vision how to move Connecticut forward, I have a proven track record of experience managing the state’s largest city, and that I am the right person to lead the state during these difficult economic times,” said Ganim.