Two U.S. House hopefuls have New Britain ties

Published on Thursday, 10 May 2018 21:28
Written by Skyler Frazer


NEW BRITAIN -Connecticut’s Democratic Party will endorse a candidate for the state’s 5th Congressional District on Monday. At least six people are vying for their party’s support, and two of them have strong ties to New Britain.

Manny Sanchez

Sanchez has been deeply involved in New Britain politics for years.

He has served on the Common Council for eight years as well as on multiple boards in the city.

He first was appointed to the Ward 3 seat on the Common Council in 2010, at the age of 22, and was elected to represent that ward three times before winning an alderman-at-large seat in 2017’s municipal election.

Sanchez works at the University of Hartford as a development officer for major gifts. He also has experience as a youth basketball coach.

“I think that makes me a well-rounded candidate,” Sanchez said. “I think that anybody going into this position is going to have a learning curve, so I think that my almost decade of experience on the council will put me in a good position.”

Sanchez, who declared his candidacy less than two weeks ago, said his campaign has been a “sprint and not a marathon” ahead of Monday’s convention. He’s been spending his time speaking to voters, he said.

“It’s been going well as far as my conversations with people within the district and speaking to delegates,” Sanchez said.

One place he’s already received support from is New Britain. The New Britain Democratic Party announced Wednesday it would be unanimously support Sanchez at the convention. New Britain has 37 delegates.

Sanchez said he is waiting until the results of the convention before he decides if he will try to force a primary should he not receive the party’s endorsement.

Still, Sanchez spoke highly of his opponents.

“We have such a strong bench in the party,” Sanchez said. “It’s an overwhelming feeling seeing how strong the Democrats are in this race.”

Sanchez’s campaign announced Thursday that it has raised $50,000 since he announced his candidacy.

Mary Glassman

Glassman was born and raised in New Britain, and says she is a strong candidate for precisely that reason.

“My life has been dedicated to public service and I trace it all back to New Britain,” Glassman said.

The daughter of immigrants, Glassman grew up on Pleasant Street with her four brothers. During her upbringing in an urban area, Glassman said she realized the positives of how “good government” could help residents.

While working as a reporter at The Herald after graduating college, Glassman attended law school at night.

“That was the only way I could afford to get a law degree,” Glassman said. “I realized the importance of having the opportunity for an affordable education to change someone’s life.”

After graduating from law school, she became a lawyer and moved to Simsbury, where she eventually ran for first selectman, winning the election and holding the position for 16 years.

“My story growing up in New Britain is the story of the 5th District. It’s a story of hope and opportunity and what happens when you have access to education, affordable housing, and it allowed me to make a difference,” Glassman said.

Glassman, who calls herself an underdog in the race, said she intends to wage a primary campaign if she reaches enough votes at the convention but doesn’t receive the party’s nomination.

“I’m working really hard to secure a spot in the primary because I think that, based on my record of winning and garnering Democrat and Republican support, I’m committed to have a chance,” Glassman said. “That’s democracy. The voters have a right to pick a candidate they think will represent them.

Glassman’s campaign has raised more than $125,000 since she declared her candidacy at the beginning of April.

Democrats Jahana Hayes, Roy Lubit, Shaul Praver and Richard Order are also vying for the seat.

Connecticut Democrats will meet at Crosby High School in Waterbury at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

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

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 10 May 2018 21:28. Updated: Thursday, 10 May 2018 21:30.