City GOP supports Common Council incumbents from Ward 2

Published on Saturday, 15 July 2017 17:11
Written by Skyler Frazer

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN - The Republican Town Committee has endorsed Common Council incumbents Jerrell Hargraves and Kristian Rosado for places on Mayor Erin Stewart’s ticket in the November election.

Hargraves and Rosado will be seeking re-election from Ward 2. Hargraves is a registered Democrat and Rosado is registered as unaffiliated, but both caucus with the Republicans.

“Jerrell and Kristian have been strong voices on the Common Council over the last two years and I am thrilled to have them running for office once again,” Stewart said in the RTC’s announcement. “Both have been members of the teams that helped New Britain bring home All-America City honors for the past two years. They have proven themselves to be diligent listeners and passionate about creating real change in our community.”

Hargraves said he is proud to have been a part of the Common Council for the past two years.

“Mayor Stewart has delivered on providing a new generation of leadership to New Britain and the results are all around us,” Hargraves said. “I hope to continue working on the Common Council and moving forward with the initiatives we have undertaken to improve the lives of our school children and all residents.”

Rosado said he hopes to continue the progress the city has made over the past few years.

“We have made tremendous strides in economic development, education, combating homelessness, maintaining fiscal health, and improving the perception that people have of New Britain. I’m excited to continue our efforts to turn New Britain around and show others all that we have to offer,” Rosado said.

The RTC has already released its projected slate for alderman at large candidates: incumbents Tremell Collins, Daniel Salerno, Daniel Davis and James Sanders Jr. and newcomer Desiree Costa.

Incumbents Wilfredo Pabon and Jamie Giantonio are expected to join Stewart’s ticket as candidates in Ward 1, incumbents Don Naples and Robert Smedley in Ward 4 and Miriam Geraci and Carmelo Rodriguez in Ward 5.

The RTC has also announced endorsements for tax collector, town and city clerk and treasurer.

Cheryl Blogoslawski will be seeking her sixth term as the city’s tax collector, Mark Bernacki his second as town and city clerk, and Mark DeGrandis his second as treasurer.

Five Board of Education seats, the entire Board of Assessment Appeals and eight constable posts will also be decided in the Nov. 7 election.

The RTC will officially make its endorsements at 7 p.m. July 24 in the Tim Stewart Community Room of the New Britain Police Department.

The Democrats will announce their endorsed slate at 7 p.m. July 20 at City Hall.

Nominating and primary petitions must be filed by Aug. 9.

Primary elections will be held on Sept. 12.

Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain on Saturday, 15 July 2017 17:11. Updated: Saturday, 15 July 2017 17:13.