WFP Endorses Rose Reyes for Windham Town Council Seat, Running on WFP Ballot Line

Rose Reyes to Run for Windham Town Council Seat on Working Families Party Ticket for 2017 Municipal Election

First WFP Candidate for Willimantic District Seat on Windham Town Council

Willimantic, CT – Rose Reyes, a lifelong educator and teacher at the Windham Center School, has received the unanimous endorsement of delegates from the Connecticut Working Families Party for her campaign for Windham Town Council. She will run solely on the Working Families Party ballot line for the election taking place on Tuesday, November 7th.

Rose Reyes: “I am honored today to accept the endorsement of the Working Families Party. As a bilingual educator who has worked in the Windham district for over 20 years, I have seen firsthand the need for progressive change and different perspectives in our local government. We need new leadership that actively encourages advocacy, transparency, and inclusivity. Our community has the potential to be one of the most forward-thinking cities in Connecticut, especially on issues such as education, immigrant rights, and economic growth that affords every resident of Windham a chance to succeed. To achieve that goal, we need competent leadership and bold action. Although I have been a lifelong registered Democrat, I believe that the Working Families Party perfectly embodies the working-class values for which I am fighting.”

After a year of working with the Windham Town Council, Reyes helped build public support for the passage of a “sanctuary city” resolution. Her activism helped attract hundreds of supportive local activists to Town Hall, signalling the community’s appetite for strong progressive leadership.

Carlos Moreno, Interim State Director, CT Working Families Party: “Working Families is proud to endorse a candidate as committed to community-based leadership as Rose Reyes. Rose has been an advocate for as long as she has been an educator, and her passion for issues of social and economic justice make her an ideal candidate to fight for working people. At a time when the national government is in turmoil and the state government is in fiscal crisis, Windham more than ever needs Council representation with a real vision for the future and the courage to get it done.”

Rose Reyes’ commitment to Willimantic spans more than twenty years. Currently, she is a bilingual educator at Windham Center School and an active member of the Willimantic NAACP.  Previously, Reyes served as a commissioner for the Willimantic Housing Authority and on the Windham 2000 Commission, a committee charged with making recommendations to improve economic development and quality of life investments.  In 2000, she helped found the Windham Parent Network, an educational advocacy organization that mobilized activism among parents. Reyes has lived in Willimantic with her daughter Ava for 20 years. She currently serves as a member of the Willimantic Food Co-Op.

Recently, Reyes helped lead local advocacy efforts to pass the Windham education budget in a public referendum this year. Strong turnout for the budget referendum showed just how much the Windham community values having a well-funded, well-resourced school system for children.

Reyes serves as vice president of the Windham Federation of Teachers Local 01577 chapter of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). She has also served as an AFT state legislative advocate. Reyes is an active member of the CT Puerto Rican Agenda, a statewide effort to unite, educate, and advance progress for Puerto Rican people in the United States and Puerto Rico.

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 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.