Buoyed by support from labor and the Connecticut Working Families Party, political newcomer Robyn Porter topped a crowded field in New Haven tonight to win a special election for state representative.
Porter is a single mother and an administrative staffer for the Communications Workers of America, Local 1298. She will fill the seat previously occupied by Gary Holder-Winfield, who was elected to the state Senate to fill the unexpired term of New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.
Porter mounted an aggressive campaign, and she was backed by a significant independent expenditure put together by the communications workers union and involving a coalition of labor groups, including the United Auto Workers and 32BJ SEIU.
The union support enabled Porter to send several targeted mail pieces and deploy canvassers throughout the district to knock on about 1,000 doors. Her win marks a victory for the communications workers union, which has traditionally been less public in its political engagement than some of the state’s other labor unions.
“Our hats are off to Robyn Porter tonight,” Bob Master, political and legislative director for CWA, District 1, said in a statement. “Her win tonight is a win for hard working families in the 94th district and a win for progressive values across Connecticut. We’ve got a new champion to tackle inequality headed to Hartford.”