Working Families Party Endorses 5 For Hartford City Council

hc-hartford-working-familiesHARTFORD — The Connecticut Working Families Party has endorsed a five-candidate slate for the Hartford City Council.

The party is backing Larry Deutsch and Cynthia Jennings, both incumbents, and Wildaliz Bermudez, Josh Blanchfield and Levey Kardulis.

Deutsch, a two-term incumbent, has been recognized for his social-services efforts. While on the council, he has often pressed for additional funding for homeless shelters.He has been a frequent critic of city leadership, condemning projects like the $56 million minor league baseball stadium, now rising north of downtown, and the city’s selling of tax liens. Deutsch also served as the council’s minority leader. He is a pediatrician.

Jennings, a one-term incumbent, has pushed for the city to hire its own residents and to require its police officers to wear body cameras. She is an attorney.

Working Families officials described Bermudez and Blanchfield as longtime community activists. Bermudez is a community advocate for the Legal Assistance Resource Center of CT and Blanchfield is a Hartford middle school teacher.

Kardulis is head custodian at Bulkeley High School and a past president of AFSCME Local 566.

The nine-member city council currently has three Working Families Party members. The third, Councilman Joel Cruz Jr., is running for mayor.

Taylor Leake, a spokesman for the Working Families Party, has said that a state board — composed of people from organizations that are affiliated with the party — selects which candidates it will endorse after conducting interviews.

Lindsay Farrell, the party’s executive director, said the candidates “have deep roots in their communities and are committed to making sure everyone in Hartford has a voice in our government.”–