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Bridgeport mayor's name will not be on November ballot

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BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said he wants to keep his job but he'll likely need to win a write-in campaign to do it.  

Right now the incumbent democrat appears to have no way of getting his name on the ballot.

Finch lost the democratic primary and even though he still plans to run in the general election, his chances of actually appearing on the ballot may be slim. 

He failed to meet two important deadlines that would have kept his name on the ballot.  

Finch did not submit the required signatures that would have allowed him to appear as an independent candidate.

“He didn't attempt to petition on the ballot, he chose not to do that,” said Secretary of State Denise Merrill.

His plan to run with the small "Job Creation Party" has been scuttled because Merrill said the party won't appear on the ballot because it didn't endorse anyone in time.

“There is a specific election law where the deadline was Sept. 2 for any party to endorse a candidate for mayor,” Merrill said.

Finch could still run as write in candidate, something Waterbury Mayor Michael Jarjura did successfully in 2005, but his immediate plan is to battle it out in court.  

Finch declined multiple interview requests but in a prepared statement, Campaign Manager Maryli Secrest said "We're confident that the Job Creation Party will appear on the November ballot. This election is too important for Bridgeport and its future to be decided by red tape in the Secretary of State's office. We're taking the issue to court, and we're confident that this matter will receive a fair and just hearing."  

Joe Ganim, former mayor of Bridgeport who won the democratic nomination, doesn't say Finch's foibles show he is a poor leader. 

“It seems to be symptomatic of what may or may not have been going on inside, the lack of transparency that we’re allowed to see in city hall,” Ganim said.

Merrill said it would be highly unusual for Finch to prevail in court, especially before November's election.  

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