HARTFORD - Flanked by members of the General Assemblyâ€™s Black and Puerto Rican Caucus and members of the New Britain Common Council, Alderman Emmanuel Sanchez announced Monday heâ€™s joining the race in Connecticutâ€™s 5th Congressional District.
â€śI believe we need fresh ideas and fresh faces in Washington. Itâ€™s time for leaders who represent all people in our district, from the cities to the suburbs,â€ť the Democrat said on the steps of the state Capitol Monday.
The seat, which now belongs to Democrat Elizabeth Esty, will be up for grabs in November after Estyâ€™s announcement in March that she wonâ€™t be running for re-election.
Esty came under criticism when news broke that she had not acted quickly after discovering her former chief of staff had harassed a coworker. Esty fired Tony Baker three months after reportedly hearing about his misconduct and gave him a favorable recommendation for his next job.
â€śIâ€™m running because Connecticut families need help,â€ť the 29-year-old Sanchez said. â€śI will advocate for working families, for equal protection for all, for equal opportunity for all and to ensure we have an economy that works for all and not just a select few.â€ť
Sanchez said he will fight for strong public education and infrastructure, specifically public transportation.
Sanchez was first appointed to Ward 3 of the Common Council in 2010 at the age of 22. He was reelected to represent Ward 3 three times and was elected as an alderman-at-large in 2017â€™s municipal election. Sanchez works at the University of Hartford as a development officer for major gifts.
â€śIâ€™ve given my life to public service,â€ť Sanchez said. â€śWe need elected officials who are able to bring people together and to create unity. I believe I can do that.â€ť
Sanchez wonâ€™t be the only Manny in this race. Republican Manny Santos, the former mayor of Meriden, declared for the race before Estyâ€™s controversy.
Retired college professor Ruby Corby Oâ€™Neill is also running as a Republican. State Rep. William Petit, R-Plainville, floated the idea of running but ultimately decided against it.
For Democrats, former First Selectman of Simsbury Mary Glassman has entered the race, as has Newtown rabbi Shaul Praver and Southportâ€™s Roy Lubit.
State Rep. Bobby Sanchez, D-New Britain, is Manny Sanchezâ€™s uncle. The state representative said the race for the stateâ€™s 5th Congressional District is wide open and is happy his nephew declared.
â€śI think that he will appeal to a lot of millennials,â€ť Bobby Sanchez said. â€śHeâ€™s definitely ready.â€ť
Connecticutâ€™s 5th District has not always voted Democratic. While the district routinely does so in congressional races, it has voted for the Republican candidate in the last four gubernatorial races.
Esty won the 5th District seat in 2012 after the seat was vacated by Democrat Chris Murphy, who was elected to the U.S. Senate.
Connecticut Democrats will hold their statewide convention on May 18 and May 19.
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