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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Dennis Bradley (Democrat) is a member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 23. Bradley was elected to the office on November 6, 2018.

Bradley was a Democratic and Working Families Party at-large representative on the Bridgeport Board of Education in Connecticut from 2015 to 2019. He won his seat on the board in the general election on November 3, 2015. While he did not receive the Democratic Town Committee's nomination for the race, he successfully petitioned for and won the designation in the primary election on September 16, 2015. Bradley stepped down from the board on February 15, 2019.

Bradley was a 2016 Democratic candidate for District 23 of the Connecticut State Senate. He was defeated in the Democratic primary. In 2014, Bradley was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for District 128 of the Connecticut House of Representatives.

Personal

Full Name:

Dennis Bradley

Gender:

Male

Home City:

Bridgeport, CT

Education

JD, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2009-2013

Bachelors, Political Science and Government, Norwich University, 2005-2009

Political Experience

Senator, Connecticut State Senate, District 23, 2019-present

Candidate, Connecticut State House of Representatives, District 23, 2018

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Appropriations

Member, General Law

Member, Judicial and Corrections Subcommittee

Member, Judiciary

Co-Chair, Legislative Subcommittee

Vice Chair, Planning and Development

Co-Chair, Public Safety and Security

Member, Subcommittee on Accountability

Member, Subcommittee on General Government A

Co-Chair, Subcommittee on Health

Professional Experience

Principal, Bradley, Denkovich & Karayiannis (BDK) Law Group Limited Liability Company, 2008-present

Campaign Associate, Jim Himes for Congress Campaign, 2008-2010

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

Chair, Bridgeport Board of Education, 2015-2019

Additional Information

Awards:

Pro Bono Award - University of Massachusetts School of Law

Saint Thomas Moore Award - University of Massachusetts School of Law

Elections

2018

General election
General election for Connecticut State Senate District 23

Dennis Bradley (D) defeated John Rodriguez (R) in the general election for Connecticut State Senate District 23 on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Dennis Bradley (D)
86.8
14,456

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John Rodriguez (R)
13.2
2,199

Total votes: 16,655
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Connecticut State Senate District 23

Dennis Bradley defeated Aaron Turner in the Democratic primary for Connecticut State Senate District 23 on August 14, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Dennis Bradley (D)
54.8
2,989

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Aaron Turner (D)
45.2
2,467

Total votes: 5,456
Republican primary election
Republican primary for Connecticut State Senate District 23

John Rodriguez defeated Caz Mizera in the Republican primary for Connecticut State Senate District 23 on August 14, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

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John Rodriguez (R)
51.2
148

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Caz Mizera (R)
48.8
141

Total votes: 289


2016

Elections for the Connecticut State Senate took place in 2016. The primary election took place on August 9, 2016, and the general election was held on November 8, 2016. The candidate filing deadline was June 7, 2016.

Incumbent Edwin Gomes defeated Mike Garrett in the Connecticut State Senate District 23 general election.
Connecticut State Senate, District 23 General Election, 2016
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Edwin Gomes Incumbent 88.40% 19,689
Republican Mike Garrett 11.60% 2,583
Total Votes 22,272
Source: Connecticut Secretary of the State

Incumbent Edwin Gomes defeated Dennis Bradley in the Connecticut State Senate District 23 Democratic primary.
Connecticut State Senate, District 23 Democratic Primary, 2016
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Edwin Gomes Incumbent 53.51% 1,938
Democratic Dennis Bradley 46.49% 1,684
Total Votes 3,622

Mike Garrett ran unopposed in the Connecticut State Senate District 23 Republican primary.
Connecticut State Senate, District 23 Republican Primary, 2016
Party Candidate
Republican Green check mark transparent.png Mike Garrett (unopposed)

2015

Opposition

Four seats on the Bridgeport Public Schools Board of Education were up for general election on November 3, 2015. A Democratic primary election was held September 16, 2015. Four at-large incumbents' seats were up for election in 2015: Jacquelline Kelleher (D), Hernan Illingworth (D), Kadisha Coates (WFP) and Kenneth Moales Jr. (D). Kelleher, however, resigned from the board on July 31, 2015, to move to New Hampshire. Mary "Kate" Rivera was appointed to fill the vacancy on August 24, 2015. Rivera made it clear at the time that she had no intention to run for a full term in the election. Ultimately, none of the incumbents retained their seats.

Incumbents Illingworth and Coates received the Democratic nominations along with candidate Faith Harrison-Villegas. Their nominations, however, were challenged by primary petitioners Dennis Bradley, Ben Walker and Maria Pereira. The Republican Party nominated John Weldon and Kevin McSpirit. The Connecticut Working Families Party nominated Karen Jackson, as well as Democratic candidate Bradley.

Cross-nominated candidate Bradley, fellow Democratic petitioning challenger Walker and former board member Pereira advanced to the general election. The three primary winners also took the top three spots in the general election. McSpirit placed fourth, securing one seat for the Republicans.

Results

General
ELECTORAL FUSION: Bridgeport Public Schools, At-Large, General Election, 2015
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic/WFP Green check mark transparent.png Dennis Bradley 27.3% 11,961
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Ben Walker 25.8% 11,320
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Maria Pereira 24.6% 10,792
Republican Green check mark transparent.png Kevin McSpirit 8.1% 3,536
Republican John Weldon 7.6% 3,349
Working Families Party Karen Jackson 6.6% 2,890
Total Votes (100% of precincts reporting) 43,848
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Prescribed Form for Return of Votes Cast at a Municipal Election: Bridgeport," Novemeber 3, 2015
Democratic primary
Bridgeport Public Schools, At-Large, Democratic Primary, 2015
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dennis Bradley 17.5% 5,811
Green check mark transparent.png Ben Walker 17.0% 5,648
Green check mark transparent.png Maria Pereira 16.9% 5,625
Faith Harrison-Villegas 16.8% 5,597
Kadisha Coates Incumbent 16.3% 5,425
Hernan Illingworth Incumbent 15.6% 5,188
Total Votes 33,294
Source: CT Post, "Bridgeport primary election returns," September 16, 2015 and CT Post, "Recounts settle some, not all races," September 24, 2015
These election results are not official and will be updated when certified results are available. You can submit certified results by contacting us.

Funding

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2014

Elections for the Connecticut House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 12, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 10, 2014. Christopher Rosario defeated incumbent Christina Ayala, Teresa Davidson and Dennis Bradley in the Democratic primary, while Ethan Book was unopposed in the Republican primary. Rosario defeated Book and Angel Reyes (Peace and Progress) in the general election.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 128 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Rosario 78.3% 1,504
Republican Ethan Book 12.6% 242
Peace and Progress Angel Reyes 9.1% 174
Total Votes 1,920
Connecticut House of Representatives, District 128 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Rosario Incumbent 51.2% 467
Dennis Bradley 22.3% 204
Christina Ayala Incumbent 14.9% 136
Teresa Davidson 11.6% 106
Total Votes 913
Endorsements
Bradley was endorsed by the Bridgeport Education Association.