NEW BRITAIN – Richard Lacourciere has his eyes set on an at-large council seat for New Britain Common Council and will be campaigning for November’s election.
“I’ve decided to run because we’re in a situation where we have to critically examine our politicians and our city issues,” he said. “There are a lot of politicians here who pay lip services to what people want to hear but they don’t fulfill their promises. That needs to change.”
He officially filed paperwork to run for the at-large position and said he is committed to that position because he hopes to advocate for the entire community.
Lacourciere has been involved in several state level campaigns for progressive politicians. Last year, he ran for the 24th assembly district state representative seat and in 2019, he was endorsed by the New Britain Democratic Party to run for Common Council.
Raised in New Britain on South Mountain Drive, he went through the Consolidated School District of New Britain and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut. He now works at the school district as an educator and is a steward of Local 2407. He has been an activist in union organizing and grassroots political campaigns. He also has experience working in small business, including taking over the family’s electrical mechanical repair business after his father passed away.
After witnessing community discussions and marching in various protests over the last year, Lacourciere said the city needs politics and politicians who are going to be responsive to the actual needs of the community and the people who live and work in it.
“I’ve spoken with thousands of our neighbors through not only my work for the school district here in New Britain but also advocating for policy and changes we need,” he said. “And I’ve learned plenty of folks don’t feel heard or represented by New Britain politicians who cynically use the language of representation and inclusivity but, for example, insist on keeping up a statue of a slaver and genocider.”
Issues such as homelessness, substance abuse, and food insecurities are just a few things on his list that Lacourciere hopes to take a hard look at as an alderman.
“I want to make sure that the city’s budget goals line up with its police goals,” he said. “I have advocated for those things, I have built relationships through them, and I’m looking forward to campaigning as safely as possible to help represent all of New Britain.”