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Joe Ganim claims victory in Bridgeport mayor's race

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Joe Ganim claims victory in the Bridgeport mayor's race. (WFSB) Joe Ganim claims victory in the Bridgeport mayor's race. (WFSB)
Democrat Joe Ganim (left), unaffiliated Mary Jane Foster (middle) and Republican Enrique Torres (right) were all on the ballot. Democrat Joe Ganim (left), unaffiliated Mary Jane Foster (middle) and Republican Enrique Torres (right) were all on the ballot.
Unaffiliated Mary Jane Foster concedes in the Bridgeport mayor's race. (WFSB) Unaffiliated Mary Jane Foster concedes in the Bridgeport mayor's race. (WFSB)
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BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

Just five years after being released from federal prison, the former Bridgeport mayor is returning to his old job.

On Tuesday evening, Joe Ganim claimed victory in the race for mayor, as he received 59 percent of the votes.

"Tonight we won overwhelmingly...getting support from every section of the city," Ganim said as he announced victory. "I'm humbled, I'm honored to have that support throughout the city and I think frankly it will make it easier for us to begin what I think is a challenging first year of four years, and make a positive change in this city."

Gov. Dannel Malloy congratulated Ganim, as he will return to a job he once held for a dozen years.

"I am committed to moving Bridgeport forward and, as I have said, I will continue to put the best interests of the community first," Malloy said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Ganim won the Democratic primary over Mayor Bill Finch back in September. He said he looks at it as a second chance since spending time behind bars for embezzling taxpayer dollars during his last term.

Voters elected him five times starting back in the 1990s, before he served seven years behind bars.

"I think at the end of the day, why we're here tonight is because of the hard work we accomplished when I was mayor, when I held the line on taxes for 10 years, whether reducing crime by 40 percent," Ganim said.

While Gov. Dannel Malloy didn't endorse Ganim, he did weigh in on this victory.

"I am hopeful that Mayor-elect Ganim will live up to the huge responsibility that comes with leading our state’s biggest city by building trust not just with those within the city he will soon lead, but with leaders statewide. We must continue to make progress in Bridgeport," Malloy said.

Ganim ran against Mary Jane Foster, to whom Finch pledged his support. She's a Democrat and ran unaffiliated. She lost by a nearly 2-1 margin.

"Of course I truly wanted to be mayor of the city I love so much but it didn't happen and so I'm going to move forward and the city will move forward," Foster said on Tuesday evening.

The Republican candidate was Enrique Torres, who is a city councilor.  

For the full election results, click here.

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