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Report: Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim to announce governor bid next week

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim will reportedly announce his bid for the Democratic nomination for Connecticut governor during the first week of January.

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Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim. Photo by Phil Hall

Ganim filed paperwork for an exploratory committee for governor eight months ago after Gov. Dannel Malloy announced that he would not seek a third term. According to a report in Only in Bridgeport, a blog published by former Ganim aide Lennie Grimaldi, the mayor is “on the stump raising money the old-fashioned way from large money donors” after the State Elections Enforcement Commission denied him access to public funding for his campaign due to his 2003 felony conviction on public corruption charges. A federal court upheld the state’s decision.

Ganim previously sought statewide office in 1994 as the running mate to Bill Curry on a Democratic ticket that lost to Republicans John Rowland and Jodi Rell. He served as Bridgeport’s mayor from 1991 until resigning in 2003 to serve a seven-year prison sentence after being convicted on 16 federal counts. In 2015, he defeated incumbent Bill Finch for the Democratic nomination as Bridgeport mayor and won the general election by a wide margin.

There are currently 21 gubernatorial candidates with active committees, according to the State Elections Enforcement Commission. Fourteen are listed as Republicans, four as Democrats and three unaffiliated.

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

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