Janet Gomes, wife of 2011 mayoral candidate John Gomes, won the Parent Advisory Election on Wednesday. Update from CT Post reporter Linda Conner Lambeck:
Janet Gomes, a Thomas Hooker parent, won a three-way race for president of the District Parent Advisory Council Wednesday in a controversial re-do election in which the votes of parents whose children attend charter schools weren’t counted. Read more here.
Taylor Leake, communications director for Connecticut’s Working Families Party, issued the following statement regarding assertions made by Excel Bridgeport Parent Organizer Jessica Martinez about WFP’s involvement with the Parent Advisory Council election.
Excel Bridgeport, the education reform organization intimately involved in the illegal takeover of the Bridgeport Board of Education has once again commenced a smear campaign of misinformation and confusion. Jessica Martinez, a paid ‘parent organizer’ on the Excel staff has issued a statement alleging that the Working Families Party (WFP) and an elected Board of Education member have conspired to ‘disenfranchise parents’ in the election for Bridgeport Parent Advisory Council (PAC) representatives.
According to the statement, a parent associated with Excel Bridgeport, Aline Lacerda secretly and illegally recorded a conversation with a Tawanda Johnson a supposed WFP member.
The Working Families Party unambiguously and unequivocally state for the record that the organization has not participated in any way whatsoever in the election for the district PAC.
Furthermore, the Working Families Party categorically denies that Tawanda Johnson, the so called WFP operative secretly recorded on the tape by Aline Lacerda, is in any way associated with the Working Families Party. Recording a conversation without the consent of both parties is illegal in Connecticut. It appears that a crime may have been committed and we urge the office of the state’s attorney to investigate this unlawful conduct.
While Maria Pereira is a member of the Board of Education, elected on the Working Families line, she has in no way discussed or ‘conspired’ with the Working Families Party to disenfranchise any Bridgeport parent from their right to vote.
The Working Families Party vigorously and zealously supports the right of a free people to vote in elections. It represents a democratic process that is critical for the survival of a democracy.