Bridgeport’s democracy is broken – and it’s our job to fix it!

As we hear over and over from Bridgeport residents, they feel their voice — and their vote — doesn’t matter. So much so that many people refuse to participate in our local elections because they think the game is rigged. Now, we’re coming together as a community and a city to change that.

Unrig Bridgeport is a broad-based coalition of grassroots organizations in Bridgeport, working together on a campaign to fix Bridgeport’s broken democracy. 

The campaign has three goals – legislative, electoral, and mobilization.


We're fighting at the state and local level for The People's Platform: a policy plan that offers a transformative vision for good government, education, housing, public safety, the economy, environment, infrastructure, and the arts - and takes on the culture of systemic corruption in the Park City. Our wins include passing The Empowered City Council Act and securing an independent Election Monitor that will oversee our local elections for two years.
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In 2021, all candidates in the primaries for City Council, Board of Education, and City Sheriff were invited to complete a questionnaire, interview, and pledge to our platform. The Unrig Bridgeport Coalition then announced our first-ever slate of political endorsements in support of seven outstanding candidates - and 6 out of our 7 candidates won! In 2023, we announced The People's Slate, ahead of the September 12th primary. The endorsed slate has pledged to fight the political corruption that has plagued Bridgeport; help to fix the city's broken democracy; and advance real policies that support public education, affordable housing, public safety, the economy, and more.
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We've engaged thousands of Bridgeport voters about the issues that matter to them and our collective vision for positive change. We knock on doors, make phone calls, and turn out the vote to get pro-democracy candidates elected and to pass The People's Platform. Click below for info on the 2023 elections!
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The UNRIG BRIDGEPORT COALITION is made of the following partner organizations:

Bridgeport Generation Now Votes, Bridgeport Strong, Connecticut Citizen Action Group, The Greater Bridgeport NAACP, Greater Bridgeport Ed Gomes Black Democratic Club, Make The Road CT Action, PT Partners, SEIU 1199 New England, The Working Families Party – Bridgeport, The Working Families Party – CT

Key Dates

  • September 12, 2023
  • November 7, 2023