Ned Lamont, Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, Shawn Wooden, and William Tong Earn Working Families Party Endorsement in Statewide Constitutional Primary Campaigns
Hartford, CT – Ned Lamont, Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, Shawn Wooden, and William Tong have each earned the Connecticut Working Families Party endorsement for their statewide constitutional campaigns, including in their respective primaries on August 14th. If they win their primaries, each will run on the Working Families Party ballot line — Row C — for the general election.
Lindsay Farrell, State Director, CT Working Families Party: “2018 is a decisive year for the people of Connecticut. We face unprecedented attacks on our basic human rights by federal Republicans and must elect champions who will resist those attacks and defend Connecticut’s values of fairness, justice, equality, and opportunity. At the same time, we need to do more to uplift working people at the state level with smart, forward-thinking solutions like paid family leave and a $15 minimum wage.
“We are excited today to endorse Ned Lamont, Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, Shawn Wooden, and William Tong because we believe each of these candidates will do the best job of uplifting Connecticut’s working families, standing up for our communities under attack, and resisting the growing interference of corporate special interests in our state.”
Quotes and additional background for each endorsed candidate follow:
Ned Lamont – Governor
Ned Lamont: “We need to help our workers who are struggling to make ends meet by gradually increasing the minimum wage. Our workers should never have to choose between caring for a loved one and collecting a paycheck. These are the core values that weave the fabric of our state together. As we continue to work to address the challenges facing our state, the Working Families Party will be a critical partner in passing these basic workforce protections that underpin a fair economy.”
Ned 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.
Lindsay Farrell, State Director, CT Working Families Party: “The Working Families Party is excited to endorse Ned Lamont, a candidate for governor with a commitment to creating equitable opportunities for everyone and strengthening economic security for workers. We believe Ned has what it takes to bring people together to fight for real solutions that will move our state forward.”
Eva Bermudez Zimmerman – Lieutenant Governor
Eva Bermudez Zimmerman: “I’m proud to have the Working Families Party endorsement. We share the same values, be it income inequality, paid leave, and raising the minimum wage. Together we stand on the front lines building a better Connecticut. I look forward to working with WFP during the next legislative session.”
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.
Lindsay Farrell, State Director, CT Working Families Party: “The Working Families Party is proud to endorse Eva Bermudez Zimmerman for lieutenant governor. A lifetime friend of CT Working Families and an advocate for a fairer, more just society since childhood, Eva is exactly the kind of candidate Connecticut needs today. We know that, if elected, Eva will fight tooth and nail every day to make real improvements in people’s lives.”
Shawn Wooden – Treasurer
Shawn Wooden: “From growing up in North Hartford to raising two kids of my own in the city today, I have come full circle in understanding the challenges that Connecticut’s families face in getting ahead. I am excited to accept the Working Families Party endorsement because I know that they, too, understand what it takes for working people to get ahead. As treasurer, I will continue my life’s work of protecting retirement security for working people and investing to build a brighter future for everyone.”
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.
Lindsay Farrell, State Director, CT Working Families Party: “The Working Families Party is pleased to endorse Shawn Wooden. Shawn has dedicated his life to helping to improve the financial stability and security of working families through smart investments and advocacy. He has the real, measurable experience to get real, measurable results for the people who need it.”
William Tong – Attorney General
William Tong: “I am glad to accept the Working Families Party endorsement, because, like me, they have always been at their best doing what’s right for Connecticut. From taking on the NRA, big banks, and mass incarceration system, to fighting to defend our LGBTQ and immigrant communities, I have stood by a strong sense of justice and fairness. As attorney general, I will always take on the hard fights alongside Connecticut’s families, because it’s the right thing to do.”
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.
Lindsay Farrell, State Director, CT Working Families Party: “The Working Families Party is happy to endorse William Tong, a candidate for attorney general who has time and time again stood up to powerful special interests to do what’s right for those who need it most. As we face unprecedented attacks on our immigrant families and communities of color by a white supremacist president, William Tong is the sort of attorney general Connecticut needs to resist federal attacks and keep our state safe and strong.”