US Congressional District 5: Jahana Hayes
Jahana grew up in Waterbury’s Berkeley Housing Project, and is all too familiar with the cycle of poverty that holds back so many families in Connecticut and across the country. She grew up in a family that struggled with abuse, relied on public assistance, and even lost their apartment. As a teacher at John F. Kennedy High School, she brought her experience and passion to the classroom every day, helping to open doors and create opportunities for her students. Now she is running for Congress to do that for the entire 5th District.
Governor: Ned LamontNed Lamont has been on the campaign trail fighting for policies that will uplift the working people and economy of Connecticut. By establishing a paid family and medical leave system and raising the minimum wage to $15, Lamont understands that Connecticut can attract young workers and families, steady the state’s financial footing, and allow our economy to grow and thrive. He recognizes that we can’t build a stronger Connecticut by holding back ordinary working people, and that we must invest in opportunities and economic security if we want to get ahead.
Since testifying for Sheff v. O’Neill as a child, Eva Bermudez Zimmerman has lived a lifetime of activism. From her time as Child Care Director for SEIU Local 2001 to work as legislative councillor in Newtown, Eva has committed to fighting for and improving the lives of working people in Connecticut. She has spent the past 13 years working with community organizations across the state and was awarded Latina Citizen of the Year by the Connecticut General Assembly for her outstanding activism navigating 7000 Connecticut residents to health insurance through the Access Health Marketplace.
Now she is continuing her legacy of activism in her campaign for lieutenant governor.
Shawn Wooden grew up in North Hartford as the son of a small business owner and a teacher’s aide. Today, he is raising two children of his own in the city. He understand what it means to worry about the future of the people you love most and has years of experience balancing budgets and committing to economic growth for working people. As a public pension plan investment lawyer, Shawn demonstrates the experience needed to tackle complicated financial and investment issues to work best for Connecticut’s working families.
The son of immigrant parents, William Tong grew up working hard to find opportunities. He did just that, going on to spend over a decade defending the public against corporate and ideological forces. He took on the NRA to protect victims of domestic abuse. He stood up to the big banks to help prevent foreclosures and help Connecticut’s families keep their homes. He helped pass historic civil rights protections for our LGBTQ communities. And he resisted a mass incarceration system by reforming the bail system and helping to give people a second chance.
Matt Lesser is a rising progressive leader. The son of an immigrant and grandson of a refugee, he knows that tolerance and inclusion matter, as does protecting the middle class.
Matt wrote the law that kept fracking waste out of our state, and he helped pass our marriage equality law. As a cancer survivor, he’s leading efforts to preserve the Affordable Care Act here, and he’s expanded healthcare access for women with cancer. Matt wrote the nation’s first “Student Loan Bill of Rights,” and protected retirement for public school teachers.
Senate District 13 (Cheshire, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown): Mary AbramsMary is an educator, wife, mother, and grandmother who has lived in the 13th State Senate District for most of her life, since her family moved to Meriden when she was growing up. After earning her degree at Southern Connecticut State University, Mary taught Special Education as a classroom teacher for 25 years, before transitioning to serve 10 years as Director of Special Education and Assistant Principal.
Mary and her husband, Jim, decided 32 years ago to raise their two children in Meriden, where they were very active in the schools and community. Now Mary is running for State Senate to bring her lifelong experience and passion for her community to Hartford, to fight for affordable and comprehensive healthcare, common sense gun control, minimum wage increases, civil rights, a clean ecosystem, and an economy founded on the strength of its working families
After graduating from Bridgeport Public Schools, Aaron earned a BA in Politicial Science at UConn, knowing he would return one day to give back to his community. He returned to a district that was struggling to adapt to a changing economy and was failing to adequately serve its most vulnerable residents. Aaron immediately rolled up his sleeves and got to work, organizing local labor, holding police accountability rallies, working on local campaigns, and eventually becoming Senator Ed Gomes’ aide in Hartford.
Now Aaron is ready to represent the people of Bridgeport and Stratford in Hartford, and he has the experience, vision, and passion to deliver.
Julie Kushner has spent her whole life fighting to improve people’s quality of life. She understands that we have a lot going for us in Connecticut, but that we need leadership in the state senate who can get things done and stop holding us back. She is running to pass common sense policies such as affordable college, paid family leave, and local infrastructure investments.
She has a record of finding creative solutions to tough problems and bringing people to the table always had to find creative solutions to tough problems — exactly the experience needed to move Connecticut forward.
As a community organizer and retail manager, Gannon Long has experience bringing people together to accomplish big goals. The daughter of two union members, she is a graduate of Hartford Public Schools, where her parents each taught for 20 years. After graduating from the University of Chicago in 2004, Gannon returned to Hartford, where she worked at The Institute for Community Research and Love Makes a Family, rising as an activist for a welcoming immigration policy and LGBT civil rights. Starting a business career in 2011, Gannon worked as a retail manager in Washington, DC and Boston before settling in Frog Hollow. She is pursuing an MBA at The University of Connecticut downtown.
House District 5 (Hartford, Windsor): Brandon McGee
Brandon McGee’s commitment to public service was inspired by his friend and mentor, Rosa Parks, one of the most influential activists of the civil rights movement. Since joining the legislature in 2012, Brandon has been a champion for a fairer and more inclusive Connecticut. From minimum wage increases, to creating second chance opportunities, to helping to ensure that our teachers look more like the students they serve, Brandon has been a champion of opportunity for Connecticut’s residents.
House District 18 (West Hartford): Andy Fleischmann
Andy Fleischmann grew up in West Hartford and graduated from Hall High School. Today, he serves as House Chairman of Connecticut’s Education Committee, and as President and CEO of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters outside the legislature. During his time in the Assembly, Andy has been a committed champion for many progressive reforms. In particular, he fought as part of the coalition that introduced Connecticut’s groundbreaking clean elections system, the Citizens’ Election Program (CEP). He has also consistently fought for public education funding and opportunities, including school nutrition programs, expanded after-school programs, increased support for special education, and greater funding for public education around the state.
House District 56 (Vernon): Mike Winkler
Mike Winkler is running for re-election to the State House to continue speaking out and fighting for working people across our state. Mike understands the challenges of raising a family today and has been a strong advocate for crucial polities like paid family leave and living wages.