Joshua Hall to Run for 7th District House Seat on the Working Families Party Ticket in Upcoming Special Election, April 25th
Hartford – Joshua Hall has received the unanimous endorsement of delegates from the Connecticut Working Families Party for his campaign to fill the vacant seat for the Connecticut House of Representatives in the 7th district. He will run solely on the Working Families Party ballot line with the election taking place on Tuesday, April 25th.
Joshua Hall: “It has been my great honor to serve the residents of Hartford as a teacher, as the Vice President of the Blue Hills Civic Association, and as a member of the Lighthouse School Commission that raised $2.5 million for Rawson Elementary. It is equally a great honor to be chosen by the Working Families Party as their endorsed candidate to represent our community in Hartford.”
“While I am proud to be an active member of the Democratic Party, I am excited to have the support of the Working Families Party. Working Families issues are front and center for my campaign. I am keenly aware of both the opportunities and challenges faced by our community. I will advocate and fight for renewed investment in our communities’ schools, champion efforts to revitalize our neighborhoods starting with preserving our housing stock, and ensure that our neighbors and retirees have lasting economic security.”
Hall also announced he will seek a grant from the Citizens Election Program (CEP), Connecticut’s campaign financing system. “Our campaign is about the people of Hartford. We will be running an organized grassroots campaign and that is how I believe this campaign should be funded. Applying for the grant will also allow me more time to focus on what really matters, which is meeting with the voters and talking about the issues,” Hall stated.
Lindsay Farrell, Executive Director of the Working Families Party: “Josh is just what the 7th needs — a tireless public education advocate who has earned the trust of the community over the past 12 years of his career as a teacher in Hartford’s public schools. He has the vision and fight to protect school funding and students from private business interests that treat our children like commodities.”
Joshua Hall is a Hartford native who attended Norfolk State University. He and his wife, Timcia, reside in Blue Hills with their two sons. A former History Teacher at Weaver High School, Joshua is currently First Vice President of the Hartford Federation of Teachers. The 7th district House seat became vacant after Douglas McCrory won his special election for State Senate back in February.
The Working Families Party endorsement comes with strong grassroots field support, candidate training and strategic campaign support. All candidates are carefully vetted to ensure that they reflect the views and goals of Working Families’ members. Recent polling affirmed Working Families’ members vote for candidates who will fight hard for economic justice, tax fairness, fair wages and workers’ benefits. They also want affordable healthcare, strong public education system and immigration reform.
In a 2015 special election, Working Families Party supported Ed Gomes for state senate in the 23rd district after the Democratic Party failed to nominate a candidate reflective of the community’s values. Gomes won that election, becoming the first third-party legislator elected in almost a century in Connecticut.
In the last election, the Connecticut Working Families Party garnered its strongest showing to date having received – for the first time – over 5% of the vote on its line for U.S. Senate. Approximately 87,948 votes were cast for Richard Blumenthal under the Working Families Party ballot line.
Hartford – Today, on International Women’s Day, millions of women around the country will take the day off from work and refrain from shopping at large corporate businesses in a one day demonstration and show of economic solidarity as part a national #DayWithoutAWoman. As Connecticut’s business leaders converge on the Legislative Office Building today to hear from the Governor and learn about how the Connecticut Industry and Business Association (CBIA) is communicating their needs to lawmakers, it’s a good time to remind the business community about the challenges women in Connecticut face in achieving economic equality — especially as advocacy efforts by the CBIA keep Connecticut lagging behind businesses in neighboring states and routinely undermine economic security for working women.
“Families have become more dependent on women’s salaries, as job growth is concentrated in the service sector and cuts to the social safety net make families more and more insecure. Facing a $1.5B deficit and with 4,200 more jobs on the line, a woman’s ability to participate in our economy is critical, but the CBIA has fought hard to oppose legislation which would provide better economic opportunities for women and contribute towards a healthier economy,” said Lindsay Farrell, Director of Connecticut Working Families Organization.
CBIA Opposes Pay Equity for Women
In Connecticut, women on average earn 83 cents on the dollar compared to men, putting their families at a severe economic disadvantage. When women make less money, tax revenues—many of which fund vital community services that are being cut in Connecticut—are lower than they should be.
Recently, the Boston Chamber of Commerce and Associated Business Industries of Massachusetts endorsed a bipartisan bill to establish pay equity guidelines in Massachusetts. As businesses around the country close their doors for the day in a show of solidarity with women, Connecticut’s business lobby continues to oppose pay equity bills that would help narrow the wage gap and our deficit. And Connecticut risks falling behind.
CBIA Opposes Paid Family and Medical Leave
A recent poll commissioned by the US Council of State Chambers of Commerce found that 72% of C-level executives and business owners support increasing parental leave. Yet, in Connecticut, special interest groups like the CBIA have opposed paid leave year after year.
In Connecticut, there is a growing coalition of business owners, health care professionals, workers, faith organizations, and childcare experts who have called for a statewide paid family leave program, including over 100 women in leadership who called on our representatives to pass such a policy. Just last week, business leaders from Hartford’s thriving downtown district called for the state to pass paid family and medical leave.
Even though a paid family and medical leave program would be entirely funded through a 0.54% employee contribution and bear no financial impact on employers, the CBIA has lobbied hard against a bill.
As neighboring states of Rhode Island, New Jersey, and now New York implement this program, Connecticut, again, risks falling behind. As a state struggling to retain residents, every effort should be made to ensure we retain young, talented women who are critical to our workforce and the growth of our economy.
CBIA Opposes Breastfeeding at Work!
The CBIA has opposed common sense legislation requiring employers to respect the need for women to take reasonable, unpaid breaks each day to express breastmilk for an infant. Although research suggests that policies allowing employees to care for themselves makes workers more productive, the state’s big business lobby stated, “by requiring employers to give employees time each day away from their duties, regardless of whether they are critical or not, this bill undermines the employers’ ability to compete.”
Despite the federal Equal Pay Act of 1963, pay parity is still a long way off. In Connecticut, without paid leave, pay equity, and other protections, women have more incentive to seek employment and start families in neighboring states.
It is critical that lawmakers ensure protections are in place that enable women to identify and challenge discriminatory pay and employment practices, such as requiring applicants to divulge past salary history, which perpetuates unequal pay for women. Family friendly workplace support programs like paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, and access to affordable child care provide the state with better economic predictability, narrow the wage gap for women, and help generate badly needed tax revenue to help narrow the state’s budget deficit.
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