Last week we sent a survey to our members in Hartford asking what we should do in the local elections. With their input, and careful screening of applicants, we’ve endorsed an impressive slate of five candidates for Hartford City Council.
Your Working Families Party candidates are: Wildaliz Bermudez, Josh Blanchfield, Dr. Larry Deutsch, Cynthia Jennings, and Levey Kardulis.
Here’s a bit of info on each of them:
Wildaliz Bermudez is a Community Advocate for the Legal Assistance Resource Center of CT. She is a long-time community activist on a variety of issues, among them the Fight for $15 and Black Lives Matter. She is a member of Hartford Rising.
Josh Blanchfield is a middle school teacher in Hartford, and a longtime community activist for a variety of causes. He is an active member of the Hartford Rising community organizing group.
Dr. Larry Deutsch has served 2 terms (8 years) in the Hartford City Council and taken on a number of issues including home foreclosures, and homeless shelters, public health policy, and ensuring that the residents of Hartford have direct input into new developments and their local government. He is a pediatrician and longtime resident of Hartford where he raised his children.
Cynthia Jennings has served 1 term in the Hartford City Council where she has championed issues like a local a jobs program, and requiring police officers to wear body cameras. She is a lawyer and a Presidential Cabinet Member Appointee to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Levey Kardulis is the Head Custodian at Bulkley High School and a former president of AFSCME Local 566. He is the former Director of Hartford Elementary Basketball League and Co-Founder of the M.A.K Foundation, helping students with Violence Prevention through the arts.
All five of our candidates have deep roots in Hartford, and are committed to an open and accountable government where we all have a voice. Together they have a real depth of knowledge and experience on some of the most critical issues our city is facing, from protecting our public schools to creating jobs with fair wages to fighting for racial justice.
As we gear up for elections, we know we’re in for a tough campaign. As an independent party, we can’t rely on a political machine, or large sums of cash from special interests. But we know how to run campaign powered by people, and we’re going to need all the help we can get.
Can you sign up to get involved in the campaign to elect the Working Families slate for Hartford City Council?
With your help, we can elect real champions for the working and middle class to the Hartford City Council this November.