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Finch drops out of Bridgeport mayoral race, endorses Mary-Jane Foster

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Incumbent Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. (WFSB file photo) Incumbent Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. (WFSB file photo)
Democrat Mary-Jane Foster (WFSB) Democrat Mary-Jane Foster (WFSB)
BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

Bridgeport’s incumbent mayor, who was in danger of being left off November’s ballot, announced on Tuesday that he will drop out of the mayoral race and endorse Mary-Jane Foster.

Mayor Bill Finch lost the Democratic primary earlier this month to former mayor and convicted felon Joseph Ganim. He didn't collect any signatures to be a petitioning candidate

Since then, Finch received the endorsement of the Job Creation Party. However, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said the nod came past the state-mandated Sept. 2 deadline and would not be able to appear on the ballot. 

Merrill’s office said the only way Finch could appear on the ballot was as a write-in candidate or to convince another candidate to drop out so he can replace them.

Finch lost to Ganim, who served time for a federal corruption conviction, by 400 votes.

On Tuesday, Finch made the announcement about his withdrawal from the mayoral race on Tuesday afternoon. 

"I want to announce I am stepping out of the race for mayor," Finch said. "And that's why I am asking people across the city to endorse Mary Jane Foster."

While Democrat Mary-Jane Foster conceded during the primary election, she secured a spot on the ballot as an unaffiliated candidate.

"This is about all of us coming together," Foster said. "We will agree and disagree in the future. But, we are coming together today and going forward because this is about Bridgeport's future."

Some people told Eyewitness News that Finch and Foster have not always gotten along. Foster said it's true they've had their differences, but but they need to come together.

Foster and Finch said they feel they have a chance in November where everyone in the city will be voting.

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