Leapin’ Leo! Canty is running for the state House

Leo Canty, the longtime union leader and Windsor Democratic Town Committee chairman, has jumped into the race for the newly drawn 5th Assembly District, even though he is white and the new district is one of just seven state House districts that are at least 50 percent black.

Canty pushed hard to get a Windsor-based district in the redistricting finalized in November, but he seemed to suggest then that the victory would not prompt him to run again. He ran against Rep. David Baram, D-Bloomfield, in 2010.

But he’s got a website and a plea for small-dollar campaign cash. His mottos: “A Democrat for the 99 percent” and “Leap Forward with Leo!”