Joe Ganim defeats Mayor Bill Finch in Bridgeport democratic primary election


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — It was a wild night at Testo’s Restaurant in Bridgeport as former Democratic Mayor Joe Ganim declared victory over Democratic Mayor Bill Finch in the primary election. The final numbers were 6,135 to 5,683.

Ganim, who led the City of Bridgeport from 1991 to 2003, says the numbers show the people of Bridgeport want change. This win means Ganim is one step closer to a second chance at a political career. Ganim spent time in prison for corruption from 2003 to 2010.

Mayor Bill Finch has led the city since 2007. He narrowly won the endorsement of the local Democrats in late July in his bid for a third term.

Mary Jane Foster, who was also considered a viable Democratic candidate, conceded about an hour after the polls closed, according to the Connecticut Post.

Finch and Foster are both qualified to run in the November election.

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