5th Congressional District

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Hayes would be a minority within a minority in Congress

If Jahana Hayes succeeds in winning a seat in Congress, she will be in a select group of minority lawmakers who represent overwhelmingly white majority districts. Hayes garnered substantial support among white Democrats, winning towns in the district with few minority residents, like Goshen, Litchfield and Southbury, by more than 66 percent of the vote. Continue Reading →

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Candidates for Esty’s congressional seat hustle last-minute votes

Both the Democratic and Republican candidates for Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s congressional seat are frantically spending the last hours before the polls close on the primary races Tuesday searching for votes, sometimes one by one and often in towns considered the opposing party’s strongholds. Campaigning in the 5th District poses unique geographical and strategic challenges. Continue Reading →

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Biography and diversity, not issues, separate Democrats in CT-5

Mary Glassman unequivocally supported Israel, while Jahana Hayes called the question complicated. Hayes embraced federal legalization of marijuana, while Glassman called it a state issue. But mainly, the two Democratic candidates for Connecticut’s only open congressional seat disagreed Monday night on what message their victory would send. Continue Reading →

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Suddenly, Democrats are lining up for Esty’s seat

WATERBURY — With just 12 days until Democrats endorse a successor to U.S Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, the field is suddenly coming into focus as a political newcomer with significant backing, Jahana Hayes, entered the race Wednesday, with a two-time gubernatorial nominee, William E. Curry Jr., expected to follow on Friday. Continue Reading →

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Another surprise in a 5th CD debate, this time on taxes

Republican Mark Greenberg surprised U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, at their final debate Tuesday by declaring himself open to a higher Social Security tax, despite attacking her in a new TV commercial for taking the same position. Continue Reading →

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