- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Mayor Bill Finch cannot seek re-election as a candidate with the newly formed Jobs Creation Party, the Secretary of the State’s Office said Monday, complicating his efforts to appear on the November ballot to challenge a previous mayor who served seven years in prison for corruption.

Av Harris, a spokesman for the office, said members of the minor party missed a Sept. 2 deadline to send a letter officially endorsing Finch as their candidate. Finch now faces the prospect of being a write-in candidate or possibly replacing a candidate from another party who withdraws from the race.

“If Finch wants to get on the ballot, it’s too late for that group,” Harris said of the Jobs Creation Party.

Finch said he would run as a third-party candidate after losing the Democratic primary to Joe Ganim, who was mayor from 1991 until he resigned in 2003 after being convicted of receiving kickbacks. Bridgeport is Connecticut’s largest city.

Earlier Monday, a third Democratic mayoral candidate, Mary-Jane Foster, announced she was withdrawing from the race and would not endorse Finch or Ganim, saying the city deserved better. Unlike Finch, Foster had garnered enough signatures to secure a place on the November ballot as an unaffiliated candidate. The deadline has already passed for individuals to petition their way onto the ballot.

A message was left seeking comment with Finch’s campaign office. If he decides to become a write-in candidate, Finch must register with the Secretary of the State’s Office by Oct. 20.

There is precedent for a mayoral write-in victory in Connecticut. In 2005, former Waterbury Mayor Michael J. Jarjura lost the Democratic primary and waged a successful write-in campaign. Supporters handed out pencils with Jarjura’s name on them, reminding voters to scribble in his name on Election Day.

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