Alisha Blake to Run for New London Board of Education Seat on Working Families Party Ticket for 2017 Municipal Election
Campaign kickoff set for Sunday, July 23rd, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Washington Street Coffee House in New London
New London, CT – Local hospital worker and small business owner Alisha Blake has received the unanimous endorsement of delegates from the Connecticut Working Families Party for her campaign for New London Board of Education. She will run solely on the Working Families Party ballot line for the election taking place on Tuesday, November 7th.
Alisha Blake: “It is an honor to accept the endorsement of the Working Families Party. I proudly send my children to New London public schools, and I believe in the potential that our school system has to set the foundation that our students need to lead productive and successful lives.”
Alisha believes New London can do better for its children. As such, she has actively shown her support for an improved education budget. Outspoken on behalf of New London’s children, she is advocating for greater access to nutrition through the federal Universal Free Breakfast and Lunch Program, preservation of funding for public schools, better budgeting for better schools with more teachers, and staff more representative of the students they serve. She strongly opposes the privatization of schools, instead fighting to improve standards and access in our public schools.
Alisha Blake: “There are common sense measures we can take to better invest in and take care of our children, and I intend to put my full support behind such proposals. If our children matter to us, then we need to show it to them by truly giving them the nutrition, attention, and educational opportunities they need. I believe in a real path forward for New London based on public investment in our own people, and that’s exactly why I accepted the Working Families Party endorsement for my campaign.”
Carlos Moreno, Interim State Director, CT Working Families Party: “Working Families is proud to endorse a candidate as deeply reflective of her community as Alisha Blake. Alisha carries the spirit of New London with her in all that she does, whether it’s fighting for common sense food programs for students or volunteering to help incarcerated women facing motherhood. She is a tireless worker with a great passion for families and her community – exactly the kind of representative that the Board of Education needs.”
Alisha Blake laid her roots in New London 14 years ago. Today, she is a mother to three children, the two oldest of which attend C.B. Jennings Elementary school. She has served at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital for over a decade, and in 2015, she founded New London Birth Services which provides pre- and postnatal services to clients all around New London and neighboring regions.
Alisha also provides her professional childbirth services pro bono to women in need throughout New London. She volunteers and helps incarcerated women in childbirth, assists a childbirth education group based in Niantic, and facilitates a Baby Cafe program for breastfeeding mothers in Norwich. A nationally certified birth and postpartum doula and lactation counselor, she helps businesses to comply with breastfeeding standards and state regulations. In addition, she volunteers her time serving breakfast for the Boys and Girls Club’s summer program.
The Working Families Party endorsement comes with strategic campaign support and candidate training. 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 fight for economic justice, tax fairness, living wages, and workers’ rights. They also want affordable healthcare, strong public education, and immigration reform.