Linda Conner Lambeck
Updated 10:27 pm, Tuesday, September 10, 2013
BRIDGEPORT — The Democratic machine apparently lost its grip on the city school board Tuesday with the surprising victory of all three challengers in the primary.
The challenger slate won by a two to one margin over the party’s endorsed slate, easily winning in 17 districts, in unofficial and incomplete results. The results of two districts were still outstanding.
Andre Baker Jr, Howard Gardner and Dave Hennessey, took 3017, 2875 and 2857 votes respectively.
“This is what Bridgeport needs,” Baker said. “We need some diversity. We need some change. It just goes to show you that although people may look at the low voter turnout, the people who were fed up came out. And I just hope this movement encourages more people.”
Howard Gardner said he was surprised by the large victory margin.
“This is just icing on the cake,” Gardner said. “I see this as a victory for the city of Bridgeport because I think a lot of people have been disillusioned and disenfranchised.”