Introducing The Democratic Slate: State Treasurer Nominee Shawn Wooden

Campaign 2018

Excerpts from the Democratic Unity Rally after the August 14th Primary. Videography provided by Frank Gerratana

Shawn Wooden, a former President of the Hartford City Council and a partner at the law firm of Day Pitney LLP, Hartford,, specializing in public pension investment practices, is the Democratic nominee for State Treasurer in the November 6th election.

After he securred the nomination winning the August 14th Primary Wooden said: “Tonight’s victory is for every kid who grew up like I did – in a neighborhood where you first have to focus on survival before you can even dream of success”   

It’s a victory for everyone who has lost a loved one to gun violence and wants our state to stop investing in gun manufacturers. It’s a victory for every family who wants our state to invest wisely – in education, in infrastructure, in an economy that works for Main Street, not Wall Street. It’s a victory for every worker who deserves the promise of a protected pension.  I believe in economic justice, in fairness and in equality.  I am a proud Democrat who knows that Democratic values and priorities reflected up and down the ballot are the best way forward. 

Wooden, the youngest of six children, grew up in Hartford and graduated from Manchester High School as a part of Project Concern, the regional initiative for desegregation in metropolitan Hartford

A graduate of Trinity College where he now serves on the Board of Trustees, Wooden went on to New York University School of Law.  He worked in the AFL-CIO’s Office of Investment in Washington, D.C.  before starting his career at Day Pitney.

More information on Wooden’s candidacy is available at

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The Democratic Slate: State Comptroller Kevin Lembo

Campaign 2018 – The Democratic Slate

Videography by Frank Gerratana

State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, seeking a second term as Connecticut’s fiscal watchdog, is leading efforts to improve and expand public access to information about state revenue and spending, state payments, and payroll.  He is the first openly gay statewide elected official in Connecticut.

In 2004, he was appointed as Connecticut’s first state Healthcare Advocate. He helped thousands of Connecticut residents navigate the complexities of the health care system, advocated for patients that were denied coverage, and returned millions of dollars to consumers.

As the state’s chief fiscal guardian, Kevin is driven by strong progressive principles and data-driven decisions that boost Connecticut’s working families, expand opportunity, and promote equality. He provides an independent voice in reporting on the state’s financial and economic outlook.

As Comptroller, Kevin voted against State Bond Commission decisions to borrow $22 million for Bridgewater Associates and another $35 million to AQR Capital because Connecticut should invest in job creation and schools, not borrowing to pay off the world’s wealthiest hedge funds.

Kevin has pushed for independent review of the state’s economic development spending and now consumers have access to information to track where economic assistance dollars are going and the return on investment.

Kevin also developed a plan to reform the state’s pension payment plan to make it flat and predictable over time. And the General Assembly passed, though with a 2020 effective date, legislation he proposed to require the state to build its budget reserve fund and avoid overspending in good economic times.


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Democratic Slate Rallies Early For November Election Stressing “Connecticut Values” And Fairness Over Trumpism

A Democratic unity rally brought Democratic nominees and primary candidates together on Saturday August 18th to Minuteman Park in Hartford outside the Legislative Office Building.

Gubernatorial Nominee Ned Lamont and nominees didn’t wait for Labor Day — the traditional start of the fall campaign — to urge Democrats, unaffiliated voters and even Republicans to choose “Connecticut values over Trump values.” Lamont urged more than 300 party members to join him in the campaign to stand for  “an economy that works for everybody.” Attorney General Nominee William Tong said the Democratic slate represents a “firewall” against a Republican ticket that is sticking to the Trump agenda, including federal tax cuts that are raising property taxes and will cost CT residents billions of dollars.

New Britain DTC Member and Videographer Frank Gerratana was on hand for the rally and recorded Lamont’s remarks.


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