Former Teacher of The Year Launches Run for Congress
Jahana Hayes, a former National Teacher of the Year, announced that she will be running to represent Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District. The 45-year-old political newcomer, a mother of four who grew up in public housing and is married to a city police detective, was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House in 2016. "My decision to run is inspired by the people in my community,” Hayes said. “People with real stories, challenges and successes that often never make it into the discussion. I am running because I see myself in every student, teacher, mom, sister, daughter, friend, neighbor and stranger I meet, and their story is my story. I want to earn the trust of the people in this district and be the person to carry their concerns to Washington." The Southern Connecticut State University graduate, who earned her Master’s from the University of St. Joseph and a 6th Year advanced degree from the University of Bridgeport, plans to continue working in the classroom while on the campaign trail because she said she cannot afford to quit her job nor can she afford to loan her campaign money. The seat became open when Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) announced she would not seek re-election after she came under fire for admitting in April that her former Chief of Staff threatened and harassed a former employee. Hayes will face First Selectman Mary Glassman and New Britain Alderman Manny Sanchez at the 5th District nominating convention May 14th. More here.