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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Joe Ganim’s First Campaign for a Second Chance

By Mark Pazniokas


Bridgeport – On a jubilant day of door-knocking in the East End, the closest Joe Ganim came to a sour moment was at the end of Wilmot Avenue, where a woman demanded to know how someone convicted of a crime still can participate in electoral politics.

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Joe Ganim registers Tara Albuquerque as a voter. She had been stricken from the voter rolls after a criminal conviction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

But Tara Albuquerque wasn’t being sarcastic. She wasn’t questioning how Ganim can vote and run for mayor again after spending seven years in prison. On the contrary, she and two friends seemed thrilled to find Ganim on their doorstep.

Her question was, well, practical.

“I’m off parole,” Albuquerque told Ganim, who wore a white golf shirt emblazoned with a crescent of blue letters promoting his candidacy, JOE GANIM FOR MAYOR. “They will not let me vote.”

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