House candidate Jahana Hayes: 'Young people are our future'

Published on Friday, 3 August 2018 20:02
Written by Skyler Frazer


NEW BRITAIN - Though they won’t be able to vote for a few more years, high school students at Pathways/Senderos were visited by Jahana Hayes on Friday when the 5th Congressional District candidate stopped by to answer questions and share words of inspiration.

Hayes is one of two Democrats and five total candidates running for the state’s Congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty. Hayes is now less than two weeks from competing in her party’s primary.

The 2016 National Teacher of the Year is running against former First Selectwoman of Simsbury Mary Glassman in the primary.

When The Herald profiled Hayes in July, the candidate said community involvement is important to her and said the energy she brings as a political outsider is much needed in Congress.

Friday, she took that message to future voters.

The candidate spoke to young people participating in Pathways/Senderos’ youth employment program before taking a selfie with the group.

As an educator, the candidate’s interest in and support for the state’s young people is evident.

“Get ready for them. These young people are our future and they will be engaged and they will be motivated and they will vote,” Hayes said. “If we can engage a whole generation to believe in something bigger than themselves, to invest in something outside of their own interests, I think in the long term we’re all so much better off.”

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain, State on Friday, 3 August 2018 20:02. Updated: Friday, 3 August 2018 20:04.