NORWALK, Conn. – Board of Education member Shirley Mosby has failed to force a Democratic primary in her bid for reelection, Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells announced Friday.
Mosby failed to get a Democratic endorsement for her reelection bid, and sought the endorsement through a primary. She needed 942 signatures and her team turned in 1,146, Wells said last week.
Wells on Tuesday explained that he was giving Mosby a chance to help him find names that are indecipherable on the petitions. In a 2 p.m. Friday email, Wells said:
“I have double-checked Ms. Mosby’s petitions and given her the opportunity to point out corrections. She is still 110 names short of the 942 she needed. Therefore, I have submitted paperwork to the Richard McQuaid, Norwalk Town Clerk, that there will only be a primary in District A for Common Council. There will be no city-wide primary as no one submitted the required number of petition signatures.”
Mosby will still be on the ballot as a Working Families Party candidate. A city-wide primary would have cost $25,000 to $30,000, Wells said.
She received the second most votes of any BoE candidate in 2013, her 7,344 tally behind only the 7,517 received by incumbent Heidi Keyes. She had previously served on the Board when she was appointed to finish the term of a member who had resigned.
Mosby did not return a phone call nor an email asking for comment.
At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, Mosby’s father, John Mosby, mentioned the issue.
“I want to thank the public for really doing a good job for my daughter when we were running around and met the people. They were so nice to me and my family,” he said. “We want to do the right thing in this town.”