The Connecticut Working Families Party has endorsed a record 107 candidates for the November general election placing them on Row C including all six Democrats seeking statewide constitutional offices led by top-of-ticket Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz facing Republicans Bob Stefanowski and Joe Markley. The Connecticut Independent Party has emerged as a Republican antidote to counter the extra-line votes of the left-tilted WFP candidates.
Closer to home, State Senator Marilyn Moore and State House member Jack Hennessy are among the WFP endorsements. See full list of endorsements here.
The WFP provided campaign support to Jahana Hayes in her primary win for U.S. Congress in the 5th District. It also backed Aaron Turner in his primary loss for State Senate against Democratic-endorsed Dennis Bradley in the 23rd District. In 2015 Ed Gomes won a special election for State Senate in that district running on the WFP banner. He did not seek reelection this year after serving more than a decade during two tenures in the State Senate.
In 2016, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal received 87,948 votes on the Working Families Party ballot line.
WFP leaders declare that the high number of endorsements reflects growing progressive enthusiasm in Connecticut on key WFP issues such as paid family leave, a $15 minimum wage and debt-free public college.
“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,” says Lindsay Farrell, CT Working Families Party state director. “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.”