NEW BRITAIN - Though they wonâ€™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 stateâ€™s Congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty. Hayes is now less than two weeks from competing in her partyâ€™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/Senderosâ€™ youth employment program before taking a selfie with the group.
As an educator, the candidateâ€™s interest in and support for the stateâ€™s young people is evident.
â€śGet ready for them. These young people are our future and they will be engaged and they will be motivated and they will vote,â€ť Hayes said. â€śIf 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 weâ€™re all so much better off.â€ť
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