NEW BRITAIN – State Rep. Bobby Sanchez joins the mayoral race after being formally endorsed Monday night by the city’s Democratic Town Committee.
Sanchez will be challenging Mayor Erin Stewart, who is running for a fifth term. The longtime community advocate and city native said he is humbled and honored to earn the support of the New Britain Democratic Party.
“This nomination is the result of months of knocking on doors, making phone calls, raising donations from New Britain residents and, above all else, building a coalition of support from every corner of this city,” Sanchez said.
Growing up in a working class home in Malikowski circle, Sanchez said his family taught him to value hard work and commitment to the community.
“For too long, our poorest communities in New Britain have been ignored. Our schools and students have been ignored. Our taxes are too high for working families. Our city hall is not transparent,” he said. “Now is the time to change that. While New Britain has different neighborhoods, we are one community, and we need leadership that is ready to put in the work to reflect that through policy and action. I am so incredibly proud to call this city home, and my campaign will continue to focus on bringing people together in pursuit of a better future for all here in New Britain.”
Bryan Sabin was endorsed for town clerk, Lanette Spranzo Macaruso was nominated for tax collector and Ronald Jakubowski was endorsed for treasurer.
For the at-large Common Council seats, the DTC endorsed incumbents Chris Anderson, Richard Reyes and Francisco Santiago, as well as current Board of Education member Violet Jimenez Sims and Amy Labas.
Endorsements for 10 seats were given to Chris Porcher and Dave Stenson for Ward 1, incumbent Colin Osborn and Angel Segarra for Ward 2, incumbents Aram Ayalon and Iris Sanchez for Ward 3, Basil Green and Todd Arasimowicz for Ward 4 and Lee “Tre” Brown and former alderman Carlo Carlozzi Jr. for Ward 5.
For the three spots open on the Board of Education, incumbents Annie Parker and Diana Reyes were endorsed, along with Eileen Ruiz. Candyce Scott and Wyatt Bosworth were nominated for two spots on the Board of Assessment Appeals, and endorsements for constables were given to incumbent Thomas Shields, Richard Suprynowicz, Suzanne Bielinski and Elias Vazquez.
While Sanchez was endorsed for mayor by the DTC, mayoral candidate and local community advocate Veronica DeLandro plans on challenging Sanchez in a primary election. She has started the process of collecting primary signatures and said she is excited to have the opportunity to engage the community in the democratic process.
Mayoral candidate and activist Alicia Strong, along with Common Council candidates Richard Lacourciere and Nate Simpson, also intends on challenging the endorsed candidates in a primary election.
Strong, Lacourciere, and Simpson will petition together as “the People’s Slate,” and campaign on shared values of working class solidarity, fair and affordable housing, and ending City Hall corruption, according to Strong’s campaign.
The three candidates explained that their interests and their power come from the working class voters of New Britain, who often feel disenfranchised by party elites.
“The establishment politicians of the Democratic Party are selecting their candidate,” said Strong. “I for one believe that the people of New Britain should select their candidates for mayor and city council.”
The People’s Slate for New Britain plans on collecting the requisite signatures over the next two weeks to qualify for the ballot for the Democratic Primary, which will be held on Sept. 14.