Incumbent Bill Finch won the Democratic nomination for mayor of Bridgeport over Joe Ganim on Tuesday night.
Finch was endorsed by the Bridgeport Democratic Committee’s for the mayoral nomination with a 49 to 41 vote over Ganim.
Ganim was convicted on 16 felony charges for accepting bribes while he was in office. Ganim was found guilty of taking hundreds of thousands in bribes.
But, Ganim, who was popular during his term as mayor, said he feels he deserves a second chance.
“It’s been interesting. People understand that people make mistakes when you are open an honest about apologizing for them and asking for a second chance,” Ganim said. “This is a second chance city."
However, Finch explained his motive for running for re-election.
"There has been tremendous pressure put on some of these delegates. It’s really unfortunate by my opponent,” Finch said. “That's the kind of government we would be returning to, if we allow him to get a foothold in this city again. This is hardened criminal we are facing. He knows tricks I don't know."
In order to get the democratic nomination, a candidate needed 46 out 90 delegates.
Democratic Committee Chair Mario Testo had previously said if there was a tie, he would break it and vote for Ganim.
Lawyers were in attendance for the nomination.
There were three other candidates, Mary-Jane Foster, Howard Gardner and Charlie Coviello, seeking the nomination on Tuesday night.
A primary for the Democratic Party is scheduled for Sept. 16. Ganim said he plans to primary.
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