- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch has won the endorsement of a minor political party in an effort to get on the November ballot after losing the Democratic primary to convicted felon and former Mayor Joe Ganim.

The Job Creation Party endorsed Finch for mayor Thursday. The move came despite a spokesman for the Secretary of the State’s Office saying on Monday that the party had missed a Sept. 2 deadline to officially endorse Finch.

Finch’s campaign disagreed with the spokesman and says it plans to go to court in an attempt to secure a spot on the November ballot.

Ganim beat Finch by about 400 votes in the Democratic primary last week. Ganim, who was mayor from 1991 to 2003, served seven years in prison for corruption committed while in office.

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