Groton – City councilor Aundré Bumgardner announced in a press release that he had filed a petition with signatures on Monday to challenge Mayor Keith Hedrick of the City of Groton to a Democratic primary for mayor on March 8.
City clerk Deb Patrick said she received the primary petition with 168 certified signatures, and the city will continue to hold a primary.
Kristen Venditti, Groton's Republican voter officer, said by statute that a candidate needs 5% of the voters on the active enrollment list, or 92 signatures in this case, so Bumgardner submitted more than necessary. She said the application was completed by the deadline and taken to the clerk for certification, and he then took it to the town clerk for filing with the secretary of state.
"I would like to express my gratitude to all those in the city who support my efforts to become their mayor and lead Groton into a new era of progress and prosperity," Bumgardner said in a statement. "Collecting these signatures in person at the residents' doorstep was not only a privilege, but also a great opportunity to hear their concerns and desire for new leadership."
Bumgardner, a former state representative for the 41st district who recently worked as an outreach coordinator for the state treasurer, said in the publication that signatures "represent a broad cross-section of the community, including unaffiliated and Republican voters who have changed their party registration. to Democrat to vote in the primary. "
"It was very gratifying to hear from voters who appreciate my work and experience as a city councilor, city planning and zoning commissioner and before that as their state representative," he said. "It was also exciting to hear from so many young, progressive and racially diverse voices in our community like me, looking for fresh ideas and a new direction."
Bumgardner also said in the release that he is challenging Hedrick to a series of debates.
Hedrick, who has served in the Navy and as operations manager at URS / AECOM, is the chairman of the Democratic Commission of the City of Groton and is on his second term as mayor. He was recently supported by the Democratic Commission and is aiming for his third term as mayor.
The Republican Committee of the City of Groton has said it is not presenting a candidate list for the upcoming May City elections.
Bumgardner said in the release that he "fully supports the Democratic City Council slate."
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