5th Congressional District Candidates

Jahana Hayes*

Party: Democratic
Age: 47
Occupation: Member of Congress
Education: Associate’s degree Naugatuck Valley Community College; Southern Connecticut State University, bachelor’s degrees in history and secondary education; University of Saint Joseph, master’s degree in curriculum and instruction; University of Bridgeport, sixth-year educational leadership degree.
Platform: Member of the House committees on Education, Labor, and Agriculture. Her areas of legislative focus are equitable access to quality education, affordable health care for everyone, food security, labor, agriculture, and the environment. A strong advocate of immigration reform, gun violence prevention, veteran issues, social justice, transportation, and working in a bipartisan way to bring positive change to the lives of every person in our community.
Other: National Teacher of the Year 2016. Educator in Waterbury Public schools for 15 years. Endorsed by: Human Rights Campaign; Everytown for Gun Safety; BradyPAC; National Education Association; Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence; MoveOn; National Women's Political Caucus; Sierra Club; Working Families Party; Planned Parenthood; Humane Society Legislative Fund; Higher Heights; League of Conservation Voters; Newtown Action Alliance; United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America; Animal Wellness Action.

David X. Sullivan

Party: Republican
Age: 63
Occupation: Retired federal prosecutor for 30 years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut.
Education: Graduated Catholic University of America with a bachelor’s degree in English literature, juris doctorate from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America, second law degree in federal taxation from the Quinnipiac University School of Law.
Platform: I am the rule of law candidate who sees a marked difference between peaceful protests and the rioting and killing happening in many cities across the nation. I will work for better and more effective policing, which will include more accountability and a stronger focus on the de-escalation of police interactions with non-violent offenders. I will be a forceful advocate in Congress for capitalism and against socialism.
Other: Endorsements from The Connecticut Alliance of City Police, Farmington Police Officers, Watertown Police Officers, Connecticut Fraternal Order of Police officers, former Republican U.S. Rep. Nancy Johnson. Married to attorney Wendy Sullivan and has five children.

Bruce Walczak

Party: Independent
Age: 72
Occupation: Owner Relocation Consultants Inc.
Education: Liberal arts degree from Colgate University, major in economics
Platform: I am running as an Independent as I believe partisanship in Congress has led to a dysfunctional country. We must return to bipartisanship to get the government working again. Solutions need to represent the needs of the country not party ideology. We must put solutions above party and get our government working again.
Other: I have an extensive background in business and social services. I have been president and vice president of major companies including Prudential and Fidelity. I have been deeply involved in charities and have been on the boards of United Way, Junior Achievement and Multiple Sclerosis. Most recently I was president of the Local Lions Club. I was elected to a four-year term as a Newtown police commissioner, and have run for First Selectman and Legislative Counsel.

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