BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Several high-profile elected officials are throwing their weight behind the incumbent in this year's heated Democratic mayoral race in Bridgeport.
U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes endorsed Mayor Bill Finch’s bid for re-election this week.
“The decision for Bridgeport leadership is as clear as deciding between the past and the future,” Blumenthal and Murphy said in a joint statement. “We are proud to support Mayor Bill Finch in his bid for re-election, and I hope you will, too.”
In supporting Finch, the senators touted his focus on creating jobs and growing the economy. They cited Steelpointe Harbor – a 2.8-million-square-foot mixed-use, urban-oriented waterfront project that after many years is finally under development — as an example of his leadership.
“Steelpointe Harbor – a plan in Bridgeport as long as I can remember – is coming to fruition under Mayor Finch,” Blumenthal and Murphy said. “Much of this progress can be accredited to the Mayor and other local officials who have instilled confidence in developers through consistently honest leadership.”
Jepsen also praised Finch’s efforts in developing Steelpointe Harbor.
“For Bill, it’s about more than concrete, metal, and asphalt,” Jepsen said. “When Bill sees the strides made at Steelpointe Harbor during his time in City Hall, he sees construction jobs, service industry jobs, and union jobs."
In supporting Finch’s re-election bid, Himes cited Finch’s ability to create jobs, grow businesses, and make the city safer for kids and families.
“The mayor has made smart investments in our future: creating jobs, attracting businesses, making our kids and families safe, rebuilding schools, and increasing pre-K access,” Himes said. “He’s made the city a place where our kids and grandkids will choose to live, work, and raise their families. And, in the process, Mayor Finch has made us proud of Bridgeport again.”
Finch faces a challenge for the Democratic nomination from former mayor Joe Ganim, who served seven years in federal prison on corruption and bribery convictions.
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