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Jailed ex-mayor seeks return to Bridgeport's top job

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BRIDGEPORT, CT (AP) -

Former Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim, who served seven years in prison for bribery, wants his old job back.

Ganim, who was mayor from 1991 to 2003, says he has filed papers to challenge Mayor Bill Finch, a fellow Democrat elected in 2007.

Ganim was sentenced in 2003 for steering city contracts in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in wine, custom clothes, cash and home improvements. His sentence was reduced for participating in drug-treatment. Since his release in 2010, he has worked as a legal assistant at his family's law firm.

He pledged to create jobs, reduce taxes, improve schools and revitalize neighborhoods.

The Finch campaign called Ganim a corrupt politician and said voters will conclude as jurors did, that he shouldn't be mayor.

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