NEW BRITAIN - Alderman Manny Sanchez will not participate in the Democratic primary in August, ending his bid for the 5th Congressional District seat now held by Elizabeth Esty.
“After deep consideration and discussion with family, friends, and mentors, I have decided not to continue in the primary process for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District,” Sanchez said. “It has been a pleasure traveling throughout the district, speaking with voters, and I am humbled by the support I have received in the few short weeks of my campaign.”
On April 30, just two weeks before the district’s Democratic convention, Sanchez announced his intention to run for the seat after Esty announced that she would not be seeking re-election.
During the convention, during which delegates from 41 municipalities met to endorse a candidate, Sanchez received about 17 percent of the vote on the first ballot before removing his name from consideration.
Former First Selectman Mary Glassman of Simsbury ultimately won the party’s endorsement, narrowly beating 2016’s National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes, after numerous vote switches.
Hayes has indicated that she will challenge Glassman in the primary.
“While I am grateful for the many kind words and encouragement, I believe our communities are best served by a less contentious primary process,” Sanchez said. “I wish both candidates the best of luck and look forward to supporting whoever is victorious in the primary.”
The Democratic primary is set for Aug. 14.
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