Dem can­di­dates for 5th re­lease first video ads

The Norwalk Hour - - NEWS - By Rob Ryser

Con­gres­sional can­di­date Ja­hana Hayes re­leased her first com­mer­cial Thurs­day, high­light­ing her rise from teenage moth­er­hood to Na­tional Teacher of the Year.

“If Congress starts to look like us, no one can stop us,” says Hayes in the two-minute, 30-sec­ond video. “This is our mo­ment to act, to or­ga­nize, and bring our truth to power.”

Hayes is chal­leng­ing Demo­cratic front-run­ner Mary Glass­man in an Aug. 14 pri­mary to re­place U.S. Rep. El­iz­a­beth Esty, who is not run­ning for re-elec­tion.

Glass­man re­leased her first com­mer­cial of the cam­paign on Wed­nes­day. The 30-sec­ond video, called “Lots to Do,” touts Glass­man’s call for man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs, in­vest­ment in pub­lic schools, and safe­guards for So­cial Se­cu­rity.

Hayes’ com­mer­cial starts with her walk­ing through the Water­bury hous­ing project where she grew up, “Where peo­ple are strong but they aren’t sup­posed to run for Congress.”

Hayes shares how she was raised by her grand­mother while her mother strug­gled with ad­dic­tion, how Hayes be­came a mom at 17, and how she worked nights, went to com­mu­nity col­lege, earned her de­grees, and be­came the 2016 Na­tional Teacher of the Year.

Repub­li­cans are gear­ing up for their own pri­mary to rep­re­sent a dis­trict that stretches from greater Dan­bury to the Mas­sachusetts bor­der, and in­cludes parts of cen­tral Con­necti­cut.

Hayes, a new­comer to pol­i­tics who was en­cour­aged to run by U.S. Sen. Chris Mur­phy, says she has the skills to rep­re­sent vot­ers in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

“Teach­ers are na­tion builders,” she says in the video. “Isn’t that the same job of Congress?”

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