Bridgeport City Council president Tom McCarthy earned the Democratic endorsement for State Senate in Connecticut’s 22nd District at the party’s convention held on Monday night. McCarthy defeated incumbent Democrat Marilyn Moore. Former State Rep. Elaine Hammers of Trumbull is the Republican-endorsed candidate.
“I’m humbled to receive the nomination,” said McCarthy. “I’m proud to receive support from a cross-section of leaders from Bridgeport, Trumbull and Monroe. I’m looking forward to working with the residents of all three towns. Together we can do better.”
McCarthy secured the endorsement by receiving 34 out of the 46 delegates. But Moore qualified for a primary by securing more than the required 15% of the delegates. The district covers one-third of Bridgeport, all of Trumbull and a portion of Monroe. All three municipalities backed McCarthy at Monday’s convention.
Trumbull Town Treasurer Anthony Musto, who held the seat before losing a primary to Moore in 2014, nominated McCarthy. The nomination was seconded by Dennis Scinto of Bridgeport, Patricia Paniccia of Monroe, Johanna Dorgan of Bridgeport, and Rose Christy of Bridgeport.
Paniccia, the vice-chairman of the Monroe Democrats, said McCarthy’s track record on the Bridgeport City Council showed to be a popular coalition-builder.
“His constituents like him, and as a city council member and council president, he has gotten to know the people in Hartford,” she said. “He’s the perfect person to be the voice for the district in Hartford.”
Paniccia said McCarthy would be a strong advocate for Bridgeport’s needs, while also being an effective representative for the suburban parts of the district.
“He will be a presence in Trumbull and Monroe, in addition to Bridgeport, which can be a challenge,” Paniccia said. “But a representative needs to embrace all their constituents, even if it’s difficult, and he is dedicated to bringing the concerns of Monroe and Trumbull to Hartford.”
A lifelong Bridgeport resident, McCarthy has served as a City Council member representing the 133rd District for 15 years. Since 2007, he has served as City Council president.
The Democratic primary is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 9.