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17 Labor Unions Endorse Ganim's Bid For Bridgeport Mayor

Former mayor Joe Ganim may be headed back to City Hall -- despite his conviction on multiple federal felony charges — after a coalition of 17 local unions endorsed his campaign Wednesday.
Former mayor Joe Ganim may be headed back to City Hall -- despite his conviction on multiple federal felony charges — after a coalition of 17 local unions endorsed his campaign Wednesday. Photo Credit: File

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The campaign of former mayor and current Democratic candidate Joe Ganim received a boost Wednesday when he was endorsed by a coalition of 17 trade unions.

In a statement issued by the candidate's campaign, Fairfield County Building Construction Trades Council Union President Pete Carroll offers a full endorsement of Ganim.

"Joe has earned our support due to his positive positions on a number of key issues meaningful to the trades," Carroll said, citing as evidence the candidate's "desire to create good jobs for more citizens in the Bridgeport area," and "his commitment to supporting fair wages and cooperative approaches to negotiating with unions."

Ganim, a former mayor of Bridgeport who served more than seven years in federal prison after he was convicted of bribery and racketeering charges, said he was excited to have the fresh support; the local chapters that compose the Trades Council Union represent more than 6,000 voters.

"I pledge to lead the City of Bridgeport forward to create jobs, stimulate good economic development and to ensure fairness for workers," he said.

Ganim won the Democratic primary last month over current Mayor Bill Finch. In the November election, he is up against Republican Enrique Torres, independent candidate Mary-Jane Foster and Charles Coviello of the New Movement Party.

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