Upcoming New Britain Democratic Party Events

Please join the New Britain Democratic Party at the following events this week: 

Thursday, August 8, meet and greet Democratic Mayoral candidate Chris Porcher: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/425670174705199/

Saturday, August 10, meet Democratic candidates for City Council and the Board of Education at the home of Ward 1 City Council candidate Rich Lacourciere:
https://www.facebook.com/events/417720582287713/

Next week, on Saturday, August 17, former State Senator Terry Gerratana is hosting a fundraiser for the Connecticut Citizens Action Group: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/2130847187208392/

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DTC To Recognize Terry Bielinski Gerratana For Legislative Career, Service To Polish American Community

New Britain Democrats will honor former State Senator Theresa Bielinski Gerratana at a reception on Wednesday, June 19th at the Crystal Ballroom, 211 Farmington Avenue, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Gerratana’s service in the Legislature as a five term state representative and four-term senator from the 6th district and for her support on issues of importance to the city’s Polish American community will be recognized by Democratic and community leaders.

The Democratic Town Committee and the Polish American Foundation are co-hosting the reception and the host committee includes: Adrian Baron, Andre Blaszcynski, Lucian Pawlak, Peter Tercyak, Ron Jakubowski, Ann Speyer, Teresa Sapieha-Yanchak, Bill Shortell, Donald DeFronzo, Bobby Sanchez, Ronald Perry Davis, Lilia Kieltyka, Eva Magnuszewski, Darek Barcikowski and Larry Hermanowski.

Gerratana was re-elected to her Senate seat in 2018 and subsequently joined the administration of Governor Ned Lamont accepting an appointment as a senior advisor on health policy in the Office of Health Strategy where she works on health care access issues and health systems planning to end disparities in delivery of quality care.

In the state Senate, Gerratana co-chaired the public health committee and led efforts to create a breast and cervical cancer early detection and treatment referral program and to require 48-hour inpatient care for mothers and infants after normal child delivery. In 2016, she led the charge on a number of critical public health issues, including the passage of a strong, multi-faceted law that seeks to combat opioid addiction and save lives.

Central Connecticut State University honored Gerratana and six others with a “Women of Influence” award in 2016. Gerratana is a 1975 alumna of CCSU. Former Senator Gerratana previously received the Town Committee’s Distinguished Service Award for her 10 years in the state House of Representatives.

Gerratana was first elected to the state House in 1992 in the old 23rd Assembly District and through five terms served as Co-Chair of the Human Services Committee and Vice Chair of the Select Committee on Children. Her public and community service began in the 1980s as local President of the League of Women Voters, a member of the city ethics commission and on nonprofit boards, including the YWCA, the Junior League and New Britain Art League.

The suggested contribution for the June 19th reception is $50 per guest and $100 for sponsors. For more information or to RSVP email johnhmcnamara@gmail.com or call 860-416-0665.

Proceeds will benefit the DTC and Polish American Foundation. Checks are payable to NBDTC c/o John McNamara, 56 Brighton Street, New Britain, CT 06053.

A New Britain Democratic Town Committee event. Contribution forms are available at https://newbritaindemocrat.org/donate/

Democrats and Polish American leaders will honor former State Senator Theresa Bielinski Gerratana for 25 years of public service at a June 19th reception.

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Democrat Christopher Porcher To Seek Mayor’s Office

Below is a campaign announcement for release on Thursday, April 11th. Christopher Porcher will hold a press conference and rally at Central Park, facing City Hall, at 6 pm, Thursday 4/11,  announcing his candidacy for Mayor. Campaign contact information is included, and Christopher’s campaign manager Jacob Pudlin can be contacted if you have any questions.

For  Release Thursday, 04/11/19, 6 pm

Contact: Jacob Pudlin, Campaign Manager Phone 860-538-7074

Email: jacobjpudlin@gmail.com

NEW BRITAIN – Today, Christopher Porcher officially filed his candidacy for New Britain Mayor in the 2019 municipal election. Chris was joined by his family, campaign manager and members of the Democratic Town Committee.

Porcher, a life long resident, has worked in the city for the last seven years as an advocate and educator in service to youth, adults and families. Christopher’s campaign, relying on his social services background and managerial experience, will emphasize more efficient and effective approaches to leading city government.   

“I have dedicated all of my working years to social services and assisting other residents. I am dedicated to bringing social change and creating an inspirational movement that we are in desperate need of. I have unique experiences of being a public servant and an administrator who will serve the citizens of New Britain well. As manager in a nonprofit organization, I have served as an innovative leader who is dedicated to bringing change and hope for all people. I have the experience of overseeing budgets and making tough decisions in the best interests of people.

“I am well aware of the increased burden of property taxes for the average citizen of New Britain.  Mortgages and escrow payments have increased faster than income. We must take action in order to keep New Britain an affordable place to live. New Britain has the ability to be a leader; not a follower. I am committed to leading a forward thinking government that values education and economic growth.

“As we talk with communities all over the city, I look forward to learning voter concerns and ideas. This is not my personal agenda, but an agenda for the people of New Britain. My commitment is to protect taxpayers, bring innovation, and make education a priority for New Britain once again.”


  To learn more about Chris’s campaign for Mayor, please contact porcher2019@gmail.com

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