The Working Families Party was the biggest outside spender on Democratic legislative primaries Tuesday, committing $70,000 for field staff in three winning races, while two charter-school groups provided late support to help Rep. Charlie Stallworth of Bridgeport defeat a prominent opponent of charters, Maria H. Pereira.
Joshua Elliott, the outsider recruited by the liberal Working Families Party to challenge House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, won a Democratic primary Tuesday, easily beating the establishment candidate endorsed after Sharkey abruptly decided to retire in May. Sens. Ed Gomes and Marilyn Moore of Bridgeport also won with WFP backing.
Four Bridgeport state legislators, New Britain’s state senator and five other state representatives are gearing up for primaries on Aug. 9. There will be 12 primary contests in total.
A number of legislators expressed skepticism Thursday about a bill that would allow law enforcement officers to ask to see an individual’s state-issued pistol permit without reasonable suspicion of a crime. Others expressed support for the bill.
Sen. Andres Ayala Jr., D-Bridgeport, who declined an administration post in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s first term, was named Monday as the next commissioner of motor vehicles, giving Malloy his first Hispanic department head. Lobbying is under way for a second.