Hartford – Joshua Hall has received the unanimous endorsement of delegates from the Connecticut Working Families Party for his campaign to fill the vacant seat for the Connecticut House of Representatives in the 7th district. He will run solely on the Working Families Party ballot line with the election taking place on Tuesday, April 25th.
Joshua Hall: “It has been my great honor to serve the residents of Hartford as a teacher, as the Vice President of the Blue Hills Civic Association, and as a member of the Lighthouse School Commission that raised $2.5 million for Rawson Elementary. It is equally a great honor to be chosen by the Working Families Party as their endorsed candidate to represent our community in Hartford.”
“While I am proud to be an active member of the Democratic Party, I am excited to have the support of the Working Families Party. Working Families issues are front and center for my campaign. I am keenly aware of both the opportunities and challenges faced by our community. I will advocate and fight for renewed investment in our communities’ schools, champion efforts to revitalize our neighborhoods starting with preserving our housing stock, and ensure that our neighbors and retirees have lasting economic security.”
Hall also announced he will seek a grant from the Citizens Election Program (CEP), Connecticut’s campaign financing system. “Our campaign is about the people of Hartford. We will be running an organized grassroots campaign and that is how I believe this campaign should be funded. Applying for the grant will also allow me more time to focus on what really matters, which is meeting with the voters and talking about the issues,” Hall stated.
Lindsay Farrell, Executive Director of the Working Families Party: “Josh is just what the 7th needs — a tireless public education advocate who has earned the trust of the community over the past 12 years of his career as a teacher in Hartford’s public schools. He has the vision and fight to protect school funding and students from private business interests that treat our children like commodities.”
Joshua Hall is a Hartford native who attended Norfolk State University. He and his wife, Timcia, reside in Blue Hills with their two sons. A former History Teacher at Weaver High School, Joshua is currently First Vice President of the Hartford Federation of Teachers. The 7th district House seat became vacant after Douglas McCrory won his special election for State Senate back in February.
The Working Families Party endorsement comes with strong grassroots field support, candidate training and strategic campaign support. All candidates are carefully vetted to ensure that they reflect the views and goals of Working Families’ members. Recent polling affirmed Working Families’ members vote for candidates who will fight hard for economic justice, tax fairness, fair wages and workers’ benefits. They also want affordable healthcare, strong public education system and immigration reform.
In a 2015 special election, Working Families Party supported Ed Gomes for state senate in the 23rd district after the Democratic Party failed to nominate a candidate reflective of the community’s values. Gomes won that election, becoming the first third-party legislator elected in almost a century in Connecticut.
In the last election, the Connecticut Working Families Party garnered its strongest showing to date having received – for the first time – over 5% of the vote on its line for U.S. Senate. Approximately 87,948 votes were cast for Richard Blumenthal under the Working Families Party ballot line.