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Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim to explore run for statewide office in 2018

BRIDGEPORT -- Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim said he plans to file papers "for statewide office."

State elections staff members have until June 21 to determine if Ganim can participate in Connecticut’s public financing program for statewide campaigns, given his past felony convictions for corruption.

Earlier this month, Ganim asked the state’s Elections Enforcement Commission for a ruling on whether he’s eligible to receive grants under the Citizens Election Program should he decide to run. The commission set a June 21 deadline for its staff Wednesday.

Ganim surprised many when he won back his old job as mayor in 2015. His victory came five years after he was released from prison for steering city contracts in exchange for expensive wine, custom clothes, cash and home improvements.