Bridgeport mayor Joe Ganim explores a run for Governor

- FILE - Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim (WTNH)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is filing the papers Friday to become the latest Democrat seeking the nomination for Governor.

Ganim, who served seven years in federal prison for corruption while in office, made a remarkable comeback in the Bridgeport municipal election in November of 2015.

The Bridgeport mayor has asked the State Elections Enforcement Commission for a decision on whether or not he can qualify for public financing. The public financing law appears to forbid public funding for those convicted of corruption.

The agency is expected to rule on his request sometime next month.

Mayor Ganim released the following statement Friday afternoon after filing the necessary paperwork for his exploratory committee:

I look forward to the opportunity to talk with people all across Connecticut about our future and how we can work together to make this a better place to live, work and raise our families,” said Mayor Ganim.  “I look to bring a sense  of optimistic, creative leadership that can restore the strength of our cities as  engines that can drive a better economy that benefits all of Connecticut.   I look forward to having  conversations with the people throughout our state in the coming weeks and months about how we move forward together.”

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