CT WFP Announces 107 Endorsements for 2018

CT Working Families Party Announces Record 107 Endorsements for the 2018 General Election

All WFP-endorsed candidates will be featured on Row C in the general election on November 6th.


Hartford, CT — A record-setting 107 candidates have earned the Connecticut Working Families Party endorsement for their 2018 general election campaigns. Each will run on the Working Families Party ballot line Row C for the general election on November 6th.

These endorsements build off of some big primary victories for WFP candidates earlier this year, including Jahana Hayes for U.S. Congress and Matt Lesser for State Senate. In 2016, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal received approximately 87,948 votes on the Working Families Party ballot line.

The high number of WFP endorsements in 2018 is a sign of growing progressive enthusiasm in Connecticut, with more candidates than ever before running on key WFP issues like paid family leave, a $15 minimum wage, a fair tax structure, and debt-free public college. It is also testament to the importance of 2018 in determining the future of our state — either one where we build an economy that works for all of us, or one where corporate lobbyists seize control and undermine opportunities for all but the wealthy and well-connected few.

Lindsay Farrell, state director, CT Working Families Party: “The CT Working Families Party is excited to endorse so many inspiring candidates for office in 2018 — more candidates than ever before in our history.

“Voters in 2018 face a defining moment in our history, with our civil, social, and economic rights under attack in ways we hadn’t seen in decades. Now more than ever, we need elected officials who will not only resist these attacks, but will push forward with smart, forward-thinking ideas like paid family leave, a $15 minimum wage, and debt-free college. That’s why it is important to have so many candidates across Connecticut making the difference by running on bold, pro-worker platforms.

“We are excited today to announce our endorsements, because we believe these are the leaders who will keep corporate money out of our politics, fight back for our communities who need it most, and build a fairer, brighter future for everyone.”

Here’s what some of our WFP endorsed candidates had to say (full list of endorsements below):

Jahana Hayes, candidate for U.S. Congress (5th CD): “I want to thank the CT Working Families Party for their support in the primary, and for continuing to fight with me going into the general election. My campaign is a battle for the people of our state who, like me, have felt the struggle of keeping up with the bills, raising their kids, affording college, staying healthy, and just keeping afloat in an economy that is not working for the majority of people in our state.

“When I became a teacher, I made it my mission to see the possibilities in every child that entered our school. Now I’m running for Congress because I see that same sort of potential everywhere in Connecticut, just as the WFP does. Together, we will move our state and nation forward with smart policies like Medicare for All, paid family leave, strong public education funding, debt-free college, immigrant justice, and more.”

Julie Kushner, candidate for State Senate (24th SD): “I have spent a lifetime fighting to improve working people’s lives, and for the last two decades I have been proud to stand with the Working Families Party in that fight. Bringing people together to find innovative paths forward has only reaffirmed my understanding that our working families are the backbone of a strong economy.

“We must restore Connecticut’s reputation as a state with big ideas and an unmatched workforce. We must not fall behind our neighboring states that provide their residents with crucial services like paid family leave, tuition-free college, public pre-kindergarten, and local infrastructure investments. My life’s work has been committed to advancing these goals, and that’s why I’m running for the Connecticut State Senate.”

Jorge Cabrera, candidate for State Senate (17th SD): “As a Connecticut native, advocate, husband, and father, I have the perspective we need in our state legislature. Growing up in a family where my dad worked hard in a factory job and my mom constantly struggled with health issues, I always understood the sacrifices that working parents make to give their kids opportunities to succeed and be happy. That’s why it has been so painful to watch those opportunities vanishing over the last few years. And that’s exactly why I’m running.

“Like the Working Families Party, I know that we can and must do better. We need to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the few, by investing in quality public schools that encourage our kids to dream big, good paying jobs that allow families to support themselves, and responsible budgets that lift the burden off the backs of our most vulnerable citizens.”

James Albis, candidate for State House (99th HD): I am proud to have earned the endorsement of the CT Working Families Party again this year. Fighting for the hard working, blue-collar families in East Haven is my highest priority as a State Representative. I will continue to do everything I can to provide better opportunities for our residents, whether that means fighting for a fairer tax code, equal pay, paid family leave, a more robust jobs pipeline through our vo tech schools and community colleges, a $15 minimum wage, or accessible and affordable healthcare. WFP stands on the side of working people, and I am proud to stand with them.


Full list of endorsements: 


U.S. Senate

Chris Murphy


U.S. Congress*

CD1 – John Larson
CD2 – Joe Courtney
CD3 – Rosa DeLauro
CD5 – Jahana Hayes

*The Working Families Party would also like to express support for Congressman Jim Himes in the 4th district, for his leadership on green, pro-worker infrastructure investments through the Millions of Jobs campaign. Because of cumbersome, outdated petitioning requirements, Congressman Himes will not be formally endorsed to appear on the WFP ballot line, but we encourage voters to recognize his critical advocacy in fighting some of the worst attacks from the Trump administration on our families by voting for him.

Statewide Constitutionals

Governor – Ned Lamont
Lieutenant Governor – Susan Bysiewicz
Secretary of the State – Denise Merrill
Treasurer – Shawn Wooden
Comptroller – Kevin Lembo
Attorney General – William Tong

State Senate

SD4 – Steve Cassano
SD6 – Terry Gerratana
SD7 – Annie Hornish
SD9 – Matt Lesser
SD10 – Gary Winfield
SD12 – Christine Cohen
SD13 – Mary Abrams
SD14 – James Maroney
SD16 – Vickie O. Nardello
SD17 – Jorge Cabrera
SD18 – Robert Statchen
SD19 – Cathy Osten
SD20 – Martha Marx
SD22 – Marilyn Moore
SD24 – Julie Kushner
SD25 – Bob Duff
SD28 – Michelle Lapine McCabe
SD29 – Mae Flexer
SD30 – David Lawson
SD35 – John Perrier

State House

HD2 – Raghib Allie-Brennan
HD4 – Kennard Ray**
HD6 – Ed Vargas
HD7 – Joshua Hall
HD12 – Geoff Luxenberg
HD13 – Jason Doucette
HD14 – John Pelkey
HD15 – Bobby Gibson
HD17 – Eleni Kavros DeGraw
HD21 – Mike Demicco
HD23 – Matthew Pugliese
HD24 – Rick Lopes
HD25 – Bobby Sanchez
HD26 – Peter Tercyak
HD27 – Gary Turco
HD28 – Russ Morin
HD30 – Joe Aresimowicz
HD31 – Jill Barry
HD32 – Laurel Steinhauser
HD34 – Theresa Govert
HD36 – Christine Palm
HD37 – Hugh McKenney
HD40 – Christine Conley
HD41 – Joe de la Cruz
HD42 – Liz Schwebel
HD44 – Christine Rosati Randall
HD46 – Emmett Riley
HD47 – Kate Donnelly
HD48 – Linda Orange
HD49 – Susan Johnson
HD51 – Larry Groh, Jr.
HD52 – David Walsh
HD53 – Patricia Wilson Pheanious
HD54 – Gregg Haddad
HD55 – Tiffany Thiele
HD56 – Mike Winkler
HD58 – Tom Arnone
HD59 – Anthony DiPace
HD62 – Amanda Webster
HD64 – Maria Horn
HD65 – Michelle Cook
HD66 – Alex Larsson
HD67 – Thomas O’Brien
HD68 – Jeffrey Desmaris
HD69 – Greg Cava
HD73 – Ronald Napoli
HD81 – Ryan Rogers
HD85 – Mary Mushinsky
HD88 – Josh Elliott
HD90 – Daniel Fontaine
HD92 – Pat Dillon
HD94 – Robyn Porter
HD96 – Roland Lemar
HD98 – Sean Scanlon
HD99 – James Albis
HD100 – Quentin Phipps
HD102 – Robin Comey
HD104 – Kara Rochelle
HD106 – Rebekah Harriman-Stites
HD109 – David Arconti
HD110 – Bob Godfrey
HD114 – Mary Welander
HD115 – Dorinda Borer
HD116 – Michael DiMassa
HD117 – Cindy Wolfe Boynton
HD119 – Ellen R. Beatty
HD123 – Sujata Gadkar Wilcox
HD127 – Jack Hennessey
HD133 – Cristin McCarthy-Vahey
HD135 – Anne Hughes
HD137 – Chris Perone
HD138 – Ken Gucker
HD139 – Kevin Ryan
HD140 – Colin Hosten**
HD142 – Lucy Dathan
HD143 – Stephanie Thomas

**Kennard Ray and Colin Hosten are running WFP-only against Democratic candidates in the 4th and 140th House Districts, respectively.




Additional Background

The Working Families Party endorsement comes with strategic campaign support. 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.