Connecticut WFP announces candidate endorsements for November municipal elections

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Hartford, Conn. – The Connecticut Working Families Party (WFP) announced today its endorsements for seventy-three candidates in the upcoming municipal elections. The list includes candidates in Danbury, Hamden, Hartford, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Norwalk, and Willimantic, with a commitment to support inclusive growth and shared opportunities in the communities. 

All candidates will appear on the ballot on the Working Families Party line. Full list of candidates is available below. 

“Connecticut faces a choice between two models of local governance,” says Sarah Ganong, Campaigns Director of the Connecticut Working Families Party. “We have incumbent Republican politicians, like those in New Britain or Danbury, who when faced with rising inequality, failing public schools, and rising housing costs decide to do nothing or pass the problem along. On the other hand, we have leaders, like WFP Councilor Rose Reyes in Windham, who are willing to tackle inequality head on, by investing in education, housing, and infrastructure. These are the leaders we need in Connecticut – and that WFP will work to elect this November.”

“Local government plays a critical role in our state, not just through many services we rely on in our daily lives but by outlining opportunities for our communities in the first place. The candidates we are endorsing today have made the choice to act, to advance opportunity and social justice in their communities, and make working families the center of their agenda.”

“It is time for our local leaders, our Mayors, our Board of Education members, our City Councilors, to step up to put an end to the structural barriers that have turn Connecticut into one of the most segregated and unequal states in the country – and ensure that all residents in Connecticut, no matter their wealth or where they come from, live in vibrant, inclusive, and welcoming communities.”

The Working Families Party endorsement comes with candidate training and strategic campaign support. All candidates are carefully vetted to ensure that they reflect the views and values of Working Families’ members. Recent polling affirmed Working Families’ members vote for candidates who will fight hard for racial, environmental, and economic justice, tax fairness, healthcare reform, strong public education system and immigration reform.

WFP-endorsed candidates appear on the WFP line on the ballot in the general election.

List of WFP-endorsed candidates:

Victoria MajewskiCity Council District 139
Dasha SpellCity Council District 132
Joseph SokolovicBoard of Education
Tyler MackCity Council District 131
Khalid MuhammadBoard of Education
Jose LopezBoard of Education
Aikeem BoydCity Council, District 133
Wanda SimmonsCity Council District 139

Roberto AlvesMayor
Ellen VanDyke BellCity Council, at large
Dennis PerkinsCity Council Ward 1
Joseph DaSilvaBoard of Education
Farley SantosCity Council 4th Ward
Richard MolinaroCity Council 7th Ward
Andrea GartnerTown Clerk
Ryan HawleyZoning Commission
Wilson HernandezCity Council Ward 7
Paul RotelloCity Council Ward 6
Zeus ZegarraZoning alternate
Frank Salvatore JrCity Council, at large
Joseph BrittonCity Council Ward 4
Sidney AlmeidaZoning Commission
Robert TaborsakCity Council – At Large
Silvia MerlimCity Council, at large
Gary SimoneCity Council, at large
Jolie “Yolanda” Ospina-AriasZoning Commission
Henry HallCity Treasurer
Sonia HavasiZoning Commission
Bernard GalloCity Council – 2nd Ward
Larry MorganZoning Commission
Olga MejiaZoning Commission
Helena AbrantesCity Council, Ward 2
Molly Anderson-DikerCity Council Ward 3
Theodore HaddadZoning Commission
Luisa BrittonBoard of Education, at large

Nijija-Ife WatersBoard of Education
Justin FarmerLegislative Town Council District 5
Laurie SweetLegislative Council, at large

Shonta BrowdyBoard of Education

New Britain
Francisco SantiagoAlderman at large
Bobby SanchezMayor
Chris AndersonAlderman at large
Richard ReyesAlderman at large
Violet Jiménez SimsAlderman at large
Amy LabasAlderwoman at large

New Haven
Justin ElickerMayor
Eli SabinAlder, District 7
Michael SmartCity Town Clerk
New London
James BurkeCity Council
Reona DyessCity Council
Danni CruzBoard of Education
Jocelyn RosarioCity Council
Martha MarxCity Council
Elaine Maynard-AdamsBoard of Education

Harry RillingMayor
Sheri BrownBoard of Education, at large
Joshua GoldsteinCommon Council, at large
Greg Burnett, SrCommon Council, at large
Tom LivingstonCommon Council District E
Dominique JohnsonCommon Council, at large
Margaret (Lisa) ShanahanCommon Council District E
David HeuvelmanCommon Council District A
Barbara SmythCommon Council, at large
Nora Niedzielski-EichnerCommon Council, at large
Janine RandolphBoard of Education, at large
Colin HostenBoard of Education, at large
Diana RévolusCommon Council District B
Kara BaekeyBoard of Education, at large
Darlene YoungCommon Council District B
Heidi AltermanCommon Council District D
Tyler FairbairnCommon Council District C
Diane JelleretteCommon Council District D
Jenn McMurrerCommon Council District C
Rose ReyesTown Council