Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, who has been challenged by Republican businessman Mark Greenberg, will campaign in Meriden Thursday with Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a California lawmaker who is considered a moderate Democrat.

Sanchez is Mexican-American. Other state elected officials who are also Latino will attend two Hispanic community events in Meriden with Esty.

They include Sen. Dante Bartolomeo of Meriden, D-13th; State Rep. Hilda Santiago of Meriden, D-84th; Meriden Councilman Miguel Castro; and Meriden Democratic Town Committee Chair Millie Torres-Ferguson.

One event will take place at Casa Boricua De Meriden, a community center that serves the Puerto Rican and Hispanic community. The other will take place at a senior center.

Esty narrowly beat Republican Andrew Roraback in 2012, thanks in part to the  turnout of minority voters in the 5th District.

Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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