Mayoral Candidate Merrill Gay, who seeks the Democratic Party’s endorsement later this month, announced that his campaign raised over $26,000 during the second quarter to bring his campaign total to $32,000 in his bid for the City’s top seat.
In a statement released July 10th the Merrill for Mayor Committee said the Democrat’s campaign has increasingly picked up momentum since an April 23rd announcement.
“Merrill’s campaign has gained momentum every day — from knocking on over 1,500 doors to date, to talking with voters across the City, this grassroots effort is taking shape and gaining ground.”
“Our City has been through so many ups and downs, our focus on economic growth and better management of our resources is being well received. Voters are concerned about higher taxes, jobs and New Britain schools,” said Gay. “I’m humbled by the outpouring of support that’s come from across our New Britain. Residents want to see our storefronts open, they want to have good paying jobs, and they want to know that their futures, and our children’s, are secure. That’s what I’m fighting for. I’m fighting to build a better New Britain.”
“The energy around this campaign and the slate that Merrill and the team are putting together have everyone kicked into high gear” said former mayor and state senator Don DeFronzo. Community leader and activist Ron Davis said, “I am proud to be supporting Merrill for Mayor and we have a candidate that would truly be a mayor of the people”.
Gay, part of a community-wide team that brought New Britain its “All America City” status over the last two years, has been a member of New Britain’s Board of Education since 2014, and is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance. In his advocacy work he has championed New Britain’s entry to join the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading.