— Hartford State Representative 7th District Special Election on April 25 —
WFP Nominee Joshua Hall Campaign Qualifies for Citizen’s Election Program
Hartford – The Working Families Party candidate Joshua Hall has qualified for a partial grant under the Citizen’s Election Program (CEP), Connecticut’s clean campaign financing system. The campaign reported raising $5,515 from 206 individual donors, an average of $26 per donor. 150 contributors reside in Hartford. The qualifying funds were raised in a less than three weeks, and far surpass the amount needed for public financing in this race. To qualify in a special election, a candidate for State Representative must raise a minimum of $3,850 in amounts ranging from $5 to $100 and a minimum of 114 contributors who reside in Hartford.
Since Josh is running on the Working Families Party line, he needs additionally to collect at least 600 verified petition signatures to qualify for a CEP grant. The campaign has met this requirement, signaling the appetite in the district for leadership who is active in the community.
Joshua Hall, Vice President of Hartford Federation of Teachers: “Voters in the 7th want someone they know is willing to roll up their sleeves and be active in the community. I’ve been in the district all my life, working shoulder to shoulder with students and parents, fighting for workers through my union, and speaking out against policies that would hurt Hartford. I’ve dedicated my whole career making life better for Hartford’s residents and plan to keep doing just that as the state representative.”
Lindsay Farrell, State Director of CT Working Families Party: “Joshua is running for all the right reasons. He gets it done and has the record to show it. Josh could have raised money without the support of the community – with PAC checks and large donations from folks with deep pockets. But Josh has always worked closely with the community and he’s never been shy about doing the hard work, and we are proud of him for doing so again to raise a clean election grant in this race.”
Joshua‘s fought hard for Hartford’s schools and communities — and won. He has helped stop the state from closing down Hartford’s schools; started career-oriented job training programs to prepare and mentor local youth to find good paying jobs; increased teacher diversity in our school system; raised $2.5 mil for public schools; fought school privatization. And Joshua Hall, a 7th district native and Norfolk State University graduate, served Hartford as a public school teacher for 12 years at Weaver High. He is current Vice President of the Hartford Federation of Teachers, and lives in Blue Hills with his wife, Timcia, and two sons.
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.