Recounts start, campaigns on hold

August 20, 2018

BRIDGEPORT — The Republican campaign for the 23rd state senate district is on hold while recounts take place in two communities.

John Rodriguez, the Republican party-endorsed candidate, came out ahead on Tuesday by a slim six-vote margin over challenger Caz Mizera. The tally was 147 for Rodriguez and 141 for Mizera.

Both candidates are waiting for the final result before beginning their campaign against Dennis Bradley, a Bridgeport lawyer, who is the Democratic nominee.

Monday’s Bridgeport recount began at 10:30 a.m. at City Hall Annex, 999 Broad Street, in Conference Rooms A and B. Stratford’s recount will take place Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Town Hall Council Chambersl, 2525 Main Street.

In Bridgeport, Rodriguez received 131 votes to 87 for Mazura. In Stratford, Mazura came out ahead with 54 votes to 16 for Rodriguez. The six-vote differential represents 2.08 percent of the total number of votes, 288. Rodriguez lives in Bridgeport while Mizera lives in Stratford.

In the recount, representatives from both camps will inspect the paper machine-scored ballots to look for “voter intent.” Ballots that are unintelligible or contradictory will not be counted.

The 23rd district includes much of Stratford’s South End and most of Bridgeport except for a part of the West End and Black Rock.

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