Hartford, CT – Local educator and parent activist Shontá Browdy has received the unanimous endorsement of delegates from the Connecticut Working Families Party for her campaign for Hartford Board of Education. She will run solely on the Working Families Party ballot line for the election taking place on Tuesday, November 7th.
Shontá Browdy: “It is an honor to accept the Working Families Party endorsement. Now more than ever, our families and students need representation that will keep corporate interests out of our schools and give all parents a real seat at the table. Growing up in Hartford, my teachers shaped my life for the better. As a proud parent of two children in Hartford public schools, I want to ensure that today’s kids have the opportunities to reach their potential and contribute to our community.”
Shontá believes in the potential of our city’s schools to better lives and empower our youth. She stands firmly against school closures and school privatization, instead focusing on improving the quality and care of our public school system. To achieve opportunities for our kids, she advocates smart investments in skills training, nutritional education via urban agriculture programs, and greater transparency between parents and the Board of Education. As a parent, she has held the Board of Education accountable for over a decade. Now she is running to maximize that accountability and give parents real representation.
Carlos Moreno, Interim State Director, CT Working Families Party: “Working Families is proud to endorse Shontá Browdy, an educator, parent, and community activist who has truly shown up for our kids. Being a parent of two children in Hartford public schools herself, she knows just how important the stakes are for our children and our economy. Over the past decade, she has rarely missed a chance to fight on behalf of parents and students at Board of Education meetings. Now, Hartford voters have the chance to elect her to a real seat at the table, where she can fully represent the voices of parents like her.”
Robert Cotto, Jr., current Working Families Party elected on the Hartford Board of Education: “In my experience, I know that Shontá Browdy has what it takes to be a great member of the Board of Education. She has a passion for public education and a deep knowledge of our community and schools. I’ve seen her at school board meetings over the years asking the right questions and showing up for kids and families. She won’t stop until all kids have a great public education.”
Shontá Browdy grew up in Hartford, where she says public school teachers made all the difference in her life. When she left the city for college, she swore that she would come back to better her community. She has done just that. An education advocate for over a decade, Shontá has taught our kids as a substitute teacher, served as the Education Committee Chair of the Greater Hartford chapter of the NAACP, worked to remove barriers in the lives of children as the Director of P.U.R.P.O.S.E., and empowered young activists as the Co-Advisor for the Greater Hartford NAACP Youth Council.
A proud mother of two children in the Hartford public school system, Shontá holds an almost perfect record of meeting attendance holding the Hartford Board of Education accountable. Each spring, she leads a community gardening project focused on exposing children to healthy eating and an agricultural curriculum. She has resisted school closures and worked to elevate the role of parents in the education system.
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.
In the last election, the Connecticut Working Families Party garnered its strongest showing to date, having received over 5% of the vote on its line for U.S. Senate. Approximately 87,948 votes were cast for Richard Blumenthal on the Working Families Party ballot line.