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Lamond Daniels challenged Joe Ganim. Now, he endorses the Bridgeport mayor's reelection

Bridgeport mayoral candidate Lamont Daniels campaigning in the north of the city on Aug 17. He failed to submit enough valid signatures to quaify for the September 12 Democratic Party primary. But he hopes to make it onto the general election ballot in November as a third party candidate.
Ebong Udoma
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WSHU
Lamond Daniels, the third place candidate in Bridgeport's November election endorses Mayor Joe Ganim at his campaign headquarters on the East Side of Bridgeport on Thursday February 15, 2024
Lamond Daniels, the third place candidate in Bridgeport's November election and Mayor Joe Ganim at Daniels campaign headquarters on the East Side of Bridgeport on Thursday February 15, 2024
Ebong Udoma
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WSHU
Lamond Daniels, the third place candidate in Bridgeport's November election and Mayor Joe Ganim at Daniels campaign headquarters on the East Side of Bridgeport on Thursday February 15, 2024

Lamond Daniels, the candidate who placed third in November’s four-way race for mayor of Bridgeport, has announced that he has dropped out of this month’s court-ordered redo of the election and endorsed incumbent Mayor Joe Ganim.

Daniels, who got 13% of the vote last November, said that he had dropped out of the do-over election in Bridgeport and endorsed Ganim to unify the Democratic Party behind Ganim, who won 41% of the vote.

“Because I am a proud Democrat, and to have a united front," he said, during a joint appearance with Ganim at his campaign headquarters.

“And while I did not plan to make this endorsement. But in meetings with the mayor, I have been pleased by his openness to new ideas and other viewpoints and his ability to move beyond politics for the sake of our city,” he said

Daniels is one of two candidates who lost to Ganim in the city’s three-way Democratic primary last September. A court found that that election was marred by absentee ballot box stuffing from Ganim supporters.

“This is a big day for Bridgeport. It's a good day for Bridgeport,” Ganim said in response to the endorsement.

Candidate John Gomes, who obtained the court-ordered redo after challenging Ganim’s primary win, condemned the endorsement.

“Daniels has betrayed the people of Bridgeport by endorsing the status quo,” he said.

The Feb. 27 do-over election will now have three candidates: Democrat Joe Ganim, Independent John Gomes, and Republican David Herz.

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As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.