BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Bridgeport mayoral candidate Mary Jane Foster, an independent, has received the endorsement of the national progressive group Democracy for America.
Doug Sutherland, chairman of Democracy for America for Fairfield County said the organization "is proud to endorse Foster for mayor, not only because of the importance of the election, but also the ripple effect a [Joe] Ganim win could have on Fairfield County and the State of Connecticut as a whole."
Foster is running against Democratic candidate Joe Ganim, the former mayor who was convicted of corruption charges in 2003, resigned from office and served over seven years in federal prison.
The DFA is concerned that a Ganim win could have a "crippling effect on businesses willing to invest int he city and the state," Sutherland added.
The DFA plans to begin recruiting grassroots members and allied organizations to join the coalition rallying behind Foster.
"From the beginning, Democracy for America has been committed to electing fiscally responsible and socially progressive candidates at all levels of government -- people with the honesty and integrity to bring good governance back to the positions they seek," he said. "We feel Mary-Jane Foster's years of dedicated service to the city of Bridgeport in many different capacities demonstrates that she fits this bill."
Foster is also running against Republican Enrique Torres and Charles Coviello of the New Movement Party.
Current Mayor Bill Finch is not on the November ballot after losing last month's Democratic primary to Ganim.
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