CTWFP Endorses Matt Lesser for State Senate

Middletown, CT – Matt Lesser has received the endorsement of the Connecticut Working Families Party for his campaign for Connecticut State Senate in District 9, including Cromwell, Middletown, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. He will have the support of the Working Families Party in the upcoming Democratic primary on Tuesday, August 14th. And if he wins the primary, he will also be cross-endorsed on the Working Families Party ballot line — Row C — for the general election taking place on Tuesday, November 6th.

Matt Lesser: “I am honored to accept the endorsement of the Working Families Party. The values of the Working Families Party are a perfect fit for my campaign, which is focused on listening to working people, bringing creative solutions to the Capitol, and winning real improvements in people’s lives.”

Matt has earned his reputation as a progressive leader in the State House of Representatives and will bring much-needed tenacity, compassion, and independence to the State Senate. Examples of his leadership include writing the law to keep fracking waste out of Connecticut’s water, writing the nation’s first Student Loan Bill of Rights, taking on Wall Street to protect retirement security for our teachers, helping to pass marriage equality, and working to preserve crucial Affordable Care Act protections in Connecticut. He has consistently stood by working people and resisted attacks against fundamental collective bargaining rights.

Matt Lesser: “Our State Senate has been broken by partisan gridlock. At a time when our state faces serious challenges, we can’t afford to be afraid of doing big things. I’m running to make a real difference for working families. That means raising wages, protecting the environment and access to healthcare, passing family and medical leave and ensuring that young people aren’t chased out of our state by rising student debt. We can do all of these things, grow the economy, and stay true to Connecticut values.”

Lindsay Farrell, State Director, CT Working Families Party: “Progressive fighters who can get things done in the legislature like Matt Lesser are few are far between.

“Whether it’s passing paid sick days or legislation to protect our civil rights, we know we can always count on Matt to have our backs. That’s why the Connecticut Working Families Party is proud to endorse Matt Lesser for the 9th State Senate District.”


Additional Background

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 that 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 nearly 6% 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.

For more information, or to set up an interview, contact Zack Campbell at zcampbell@workingfamilies.org, or at (860) 539-4904.


The Connecticut Working Families Party is a grassroots political organization that fights for economic and racial justice. The national Party has chapters in a dozen states and a membership across all 50 states. The WFP is training and electing the next generation of progressive leaders to office, and fighting for and winning public policies that make a difference in the lives of working people, from raising the minimum wage to increasing funding for public education, to combating climate change, to reforming policing practices and diminishing the influence of big money in politics.

Approved by Matt Lesser. Paid for by WFCC, Donna Becotte, Treasurer.