Former TV actor/lawyer/baseball club owner wants to be Mayor


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — She’s been a commercial TV actor, a lawyer, and the managing partner of a baseball team. Now, she’s taking on Mayor Bill Finch and former Mayor Joe Ganim in the September 16 primary that’s generating a lot of interest in the Park City.

Much of the news coverage about the September 16 primary election has focused on former Mayor Joe Ganim’s comeback attempt following his time in federal prison for corruption.

Incumbent Mayor Bill Finch has not shied away from saying that the former federal prison inmate can’t be trusted, but Bridgeport primary voters do have an alternative.

For nearly two decades, Mary Jane Foster was a successful actor on national television commercials. She later became a lawyer and help found the Bridgeport Bluefish baseball team at Harbor Yard.

She has qualified for the primary ballot right alongside Ganim and Finch. Four years ago she ran against Finch in her first try for elective office and got 42 percent of the vote.

“These are two career politicians who are cut out of the same cloth, they’re one in the same,” said Foster.

She says the difference this time is that when she campaigns, many people say they are ready for a change.  She is also hitting Finch on one of the same issues Ganim is using, one that makes incumbent Mayors vulnerable,  “Our ‘Property Taxes’ are the highest in the United States of America and we have had our taxes increased under the Finch administration by 45 percent.”

Finch admits that taxes have gone up, but says that it was part of the cost of the corruption left behind by Ganim.

All three campaigns here are working hard to make sure of a big turnout. As an indication; there have been over 5,000 requests for absentee ballots and there are only 40,000 registered Democrats in the city.

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