Bridgeport, Connecticut's controversial Mayor, Joe Ganim, launched his official campaign for governor by filing with the State Elections Enforcement Commission on Wednesday, Jan. 3rd.
Ganim is launching his bid for governor despite being denied access to public funding for his campaign. The State Elections Enforcement Commission ruled that Ganim was not entitled to such funding because he is a convicted felon. This decision was upheld by state courts.
Ganim, a Democrat, began his political career in the late 1980s. In 1991 he won the city's mayoral election and served as mayor of Connecticut's largest city until 2003. That's when he resigned after being convicted on federal corruption charges. He was sentenced to prison and spent seven years behind bars.
In 2015, Ganim was re-elected as mayor of Bridgeport after campaigning that the city had done better in the 1990s under his watch.
This is Ganims's second attempt at running for governor. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for governor in 1994.
This report comes from the New England News Collaborative: Eight public media companies, including Rhode Island Public Radio, coming together to tell the story of a changing region, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.