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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Edwin Gomes wins Democratic primary in Bridgeport

In a deistrct in Bridgeport that heavily Democratic, i think it's safe to say that things are looking very good for Edwin A. Gomes to win Ernest Newton's vacated seat in the Senate.

From the Connecticut Post
Riding the backing of his party's top local leaders in the wake of the city's latest corruption scandal, City Council member Edwin A. Gomes overwhelmingly won the Democratic nomination Thursday for next month's special election for the 23rd District state Senate seat.

Gomes will compete to succeed former Sen. Ernest E. Newton II in representing a large swath of eastern Bridgeport and small slice of Stratford in the election Nov. 14, six days after the municipal races. A convention of the 23rd District nominated the 69-year-old North End councilman over state Rep. Donald Clemons, D-124.

"You have honored me with your trust and I will not let you down," Gomes said moments after beating Clemons by a vote of 26-6.

There was one abstention and two absentees among the 36 delegates named to participate at a district convention at Cuban Lyceum Club on Fairfield Avenue in Black Rock.

Gomes prevailed after another formidable candidate, City Council President Andres Ayala, pulled out hours before he was to declare his candidacy last weekend.


Without a primary in the abbreviated special election schedule, Gomes will face Republican Joseph Borges and an undetermined number of petition candidates, who must file by 4 p.m. today.