Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, who was re-elected to the top position in the state's largest city two years ago after serving a federal prison sentence, has filed the paperwork to run for governor in 2018.
He released a statement Wednesday, saying he filed the paperwork with the State Elections Enforcement Commission.
“The road to bringing fiscal stability back to Connecticut runs through economic development and job growth. We can get Connecticut back to being the powerhouse of innovation and industrial strength – where young people and entrepreneurs come to start businesses and create jobs, raise their families and make a global impact,” Ganim said in a statement. “Our cities should be the engines that drive our economy that benefits residents of all towns in Connecticut. …”
Ganim was first elected Mayor of Bridgeport in 1991 and served until 2003.
“I am far from a perfect candidate; I’m someone who has made mistakes in my life. Three years ago, I asked the voters of Bridgeport for a 2nd chance to get it right and improve our quality of life, and I am grateful they gave me that opportunity,” Ganim said in a statement. “Now, I can see that all of Connecticut needs a 2nd chance to succeed. We can create and build that future together. I want to open all the doors of opportunity for everyone in our state. Connecticut needs a new direction to achieve growth and realize our full potential, and I am offering 14 years of success as an example of what we can accomplish together.”
Gov. Dannel Malloy, who has served as governor since 2011, announced in April that he would not seek a third term.
Ganim said after Malloy's announcement then that he felt confident in his political future after his rebirth in Bridgeport.