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Council President Maly D. Rosado (D)

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Majority Leader Thomas J. Clarke II (D) 

Thomas J. Clarke IIThomas J. Clarke II, affectionately known as “TJ” was elected to the Court of Common Council on November 3, 2015 after receiving the highest amount of votes. On January 4, 2016, TJ was unanimously elected as Council President making him the youngest Council President elected in the City of Hartford at the age of 34. Councilman Clarke is currently the co-chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety committee and Co Chai of the Operations, Management and Budget committee.

Clarke is married to Ayesha R. Clarke and is the father of two young sons, Thomas III and Ayden Alexander. TJ is the co-founder and Chairman of the Emerging Leaders Network, an organization that was instrumental in resurrecting Connecticut’s African American Parade in the summer of 2015.

Previously, TJ had the pleasure of serving as an Assistant to the Mayor and Chief of Staff and Director of TJ has a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Salem International University and a Bachelor's in Technical Management with a concentration in Project Management from DeVry University. TJ is also a member of The Citadel of Love and serves as an elder in the church. Council President Clarke is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., the Greater Hartford Chapter of the National Black MBA and the Greater Hartford NAACP Branch. He also currently serves on the board of Upper Albany Main Street and Blue Hills Civic Association.Constituent Services for the Office of Mayor Pedro E. Segarra. In addition to overseeing the Constituent Services Office, TJ worked as a Community Liaison to various neighborhoods within the city. TJ also worked as the Director of Workforce Development and Training for Urban League of Greater Hartford. Currently, Thomas works as the Special Initiatives Coordinator for United States Senator Chris Murphy. His chief responsibility is to oversee the Senator’s Urban Affairs agenda, with a particular focus on President Obama’s Promise Zone and My Brother’s Keeper Initiatives.

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James Sanchez (D) 

James SanchezCouncilman James Sanchez and his family resided in the North End of Hartford in the sixties and seventies. They lived in a small Puerto Rican enclave located near the Sacred Heart Church area and were deeply involved in their community. The parish was within walking distance and became a constant part of their lives. His family purchased their first home in the South End on Broadview Terrace and his father owned and operated Sanchez Jewelry on North Main Street along with various buildings throughout the city.

After Councilman Sanchez graduated high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps and was enrolled in the Aviation Ordinance program. After a four-year tour throughout the United States and Japan, he returned to Hartford and became a coach operator for CT Transit until 1999. He continued his education at Fox Institute of Business with a concentration in Computer Electronics and Networking. In 2000 he gained employment with the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC). He is currently a technician in the MDC’s Utilities System Monitoring and Surveillance Department. He is a member of the Democratic Town Committee 6th District and in his spare time, he is President of the Hartford Diversity Lions Club, an organization that raises money to improve the lives of the visually impaired.

No matter where life has taken him, his heart has remained in Hartford. Councilman Sanchez ran for office to improve and build upon the efforts of past contributors. His father, who was one of his primary inspirations, was one of those contributors. His name was Dolores Sanchez and he had an intense passion for politics and business. He was the first Puerto Rican to run for a state senate seat in the Republican Party. He represented an era when Hartford businessmen were directly involved in the affairs of their neighborhoods at all levels.

Like his father, Councilman Sanchez finally has the opportunity to serve this city and its communities. As a father and grandfather, he represents the largest community in the city – the Hispanic community. He plans to work with Hartford officials, employees and families in Hartford to: make streets safer, find solutions to budgeting issues, end urban blight, improve morale, help prioritize the rehabilitation of Hartford’s neighborhoods, and reinforce Hartford as the place to be. His commitment and lifelong loyalty to Hartford has deep roots and he is looking forward to making a difference with the new, revitalized council.

Direct: (860)757-9576

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Nick Lebron (D)

N Born, raised and educated in Hartford, Nick graduated from Hartford Public Schools. Widely known for his enthusiasm for sports and mental health advocacy, he is a multifaceted leader and learner. He was raised by a strong Latina mother, who modeled caring for others and loyalty to family and community. As a state social worker, Iris Ortiz worked daily to make sure families had their needs met, and also cared for her own large extended family. Sports had a large role in Nick’s childhood, and basketball was key to his leadership development.

After graduating from Hartford High School, Nick obtained his Associates degree in Social Work from Capital Community College. His academic career was also accompanied by early fatherhood when his wife Melitza Diaz Lebron gave birth to their son Nick, Jr. This makes Nick doubly responsive to the needs of young parents and single income households. Over the years, the family welcomed daughters Jennika and Savannah.

As a life-long learner, Nick pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trinity College and later followed with a Master’s degree in Public Policy also from Trinity. His advocacy for policies concerning environmental issues and LGBT+ rights was deepened through his studies. His career has taken him in many directions, including advancing gun control legislation after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook. Nick helped organize hundreds of youth and families in the Greater Hartford area to advance legislation (PA 13-178) for stronger systems and more comprehensive mental, emotional and behavioral health services for young people across our state.

Sports are Nick’s passion, and any given Saturday he can be found coaching basketball around the city. He is a founding member of Active City (AC), a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that Hartford’s young people have access to organized and affordable youth athletic programs. To date, over 2000 youth have participated in AC’s basketball, soccer and cycling programs and teams.

Nick has been a key organizer of the Movies in the Park program, which provides free summer fun in neighborhoods across the city. As a former small business owner, Nick understands the importance of having a thriving “main street” with local shops that serve and employ local members of the community. He’s also been a consistent proponent of increased community participation, partnership and voice when it comes to the city’s decision-making process. When it comes to his new role on City Council, Nick says, “My highest hope is to use my position to open doors where there was once a barrier to the wealth of opportunities Hartford has to offer to residents and families.”  

Direct: (860)757-9574

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Marilyn E. Rossetti (D) 

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Marilyn E. Rossetti previously served on the Court of Common Council for two terms ending in 2003. Councilwoman Rossetti was re-elected, receiving the highest number of votes on November 5, 2019. She is presently the Chair of Parks, Public Works, and the Environment committee. Councilwoman Rossetti is also a member of the Health and Human Services committee and the Planning, Economic Development, and Housing committee.

Councilwoman Rossetti is married to Gregory Rose. She met Greg when they were both living in the West End of Hartford in the early 1990s. Marilyn and her husband were both born, grew up, and educated in the city that they both love. They have lived on Freeman Street since 1995. Marilyn and Greg share their home with a sizeable orange cat named Bertie.

Marilyn is presently the Executive Director of The Open Hearth Association in Hartford, where she has held that position since 2011. She previously was the Executive Director of HART (Hartford Areas Rally Together) until 2011. At the start of her career, she worked for over 20 years at United Technologies Research Center in a variety of capacities.

Councilwoman Rossetti graduated from Hartford College for Women (now the University of Hartford) with a degree in Liberal Arts in 1998.

She served as a Commissioner for the Housing Authority of the City of Hartford and as their chair for eight years until resigning in December of 2019 required per state statute as an elected official. She presently is a Corporator of the Hartford Public Library. She had served on Hartford Community Loan Fund on their Executive committee, First Night Hartford, Hartford Guides, and Journey Home.

Councilwoman Rossetti's commitment to the city is unwavering. She looks forward to the next four years.

Direct: (860) 757-9573

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Shirley Surgeon (D)

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Shirley is a proud community member serving on the board of Upper Albany Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ), former Hartford Public Library Board member. Born in Jamaica, West Indies and served on the West Indian Foundation.

As a public servant for over 30 years, having served as a City Council Aide. Shirley, was elected as the Registrar of Voters, served as an assistant to former Governor Malloy and is currently an Election Officer in the Secretary of State’s Office.  

Direct:(860) 757-9577

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John Q. Gale (HP) 

John Q. GaleJohn Gale was born on Enfield Street in Hartford, son of an Italian immigrant father (the family name was changed from Gallucci to Gale before he was born) and French-Canadian mother. Both his parents are Hartford Public High graduates, Class of ’39 and ’46 respectively. John graduated HPHS in 1969 and obtained an engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and a law degree from UConn in 1977.

A life-long Hartford resident, John is married to Tracy Thompson. They have lived in their Cone Street home for 30 years where they raised their four children, all of whom also graduated from HPHS. John, and his family, submerse themselves in the life of the metropolitan area. John is visible in politics, a supporter of the arts, a neighborhood advocate and a community leader. He can occasionally be found playing bluegrass mandolin with local musicians.

Upon passing the bar, John opened a private law practice in 1977. He has been engaged in the general practice of law since then representing individuals and their small businesses. His office has always been in downtown Hartford, the last 23 years at 363 Main Street. Professionally, he founded the Professional Discipline Digest and chaired of the Bar’s Professional Discipline Committee for many years.

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Wildaliz Bermudez (WF) 

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Wildaliz Bermudez is the Hartford City Council Minority Leader for the Working Families Party, elected in 2015. She served as the Chair of the Public Works, Parks Recreation and Environment Court of Common Council Committee and is a member of the Operations Management, Budget and Government Accountability Committee along with the Planning, Economic Development and Housing Committee meeting. She is a life long Hartford resident and graduate of Hartford Public High School.

During her professional career, Wildaliz has earned positions of public trust. She started working for the City of Hartford in 2009 in the Mayor's Office of Constituent Services. She was then promoted as a Policy Analyst for the City of Hartford. She has worked for various non-profits including being the Managing Lead Navigator for the Eastern CT region, during the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. She most recently served as the Educational Program Director with the CT League of Conservation Voters where she initiated an environmental justice program

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity College and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from La Universidad Metropolitana in Puerto Rico. Wildaliz has produced two environmental documentaries, one featuring environmentalists in Puerto Rico and the other highlighting a proposal for a textile recycling in Connecticut.

Over the years, Wildaliz has served on the Board of several organizations among them, the Center for Latino Progress, the CT Landmarks Society, the CT Alliance for Basic Human Needs and Hartford's Roberto Clemente Tribute Committee. 

She is committed to bringing forth progressive policies to create new platforms and advocacy in Hartford. Since taking office, she has organized a yearly Women's Summit to promote pertinent women policy issues and has arranged for research collaboration projects with the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and Trinity College's Action Lab.

While on Council, she has received distinguished leadership awards for her work including in 2019, being honored by Trinity College Women's Gender Resource Action Center & La Voz Latina, in 2018 Connecticut’s 40 under 40, in 2017 receiving the Champion Award from the Center for Latino Progress, and in 2016 being named as the Merrilee Milstein Award recipient for Organizing, Activism and Leadership.

Wildaliz is happily married. She and her husband live in the Asylum Hill neighborhood with their adorable baby girl.

Direct: (860) 757-9572

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Joshua Michtom (WF)

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Josh Michtom is an attorney at the Office of the Chief Public Defender in Hartford, where he represents children and parents in complex child protection cases, handles appeals, and provides training and technical support for other lawyers. He lives in Parkville with his wife, Constanza Segovia, their daughter Mailén, and Josh's two older sons, Max and Reuben.

Josh grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and attended New York University. He started out working as a Grievance Officer for the hotel workers' union in New York, which inspired him to go to law school, intending to represent workers. After studying law at Boston University, Josh ended up becoming a public defender, but he kept translating the hotel workers' union newspaper into Spanish for a decade, and remains a devoted ally of unions and working people.

Josh is a musician who founded and leads the Hartford Hot Several Brass Band and has collaborated with numerous other local artists. With his wife, Constanza, he is also a strong advocate for the rights of immigrants, and was one of the founding members of the Hartford Deportation Defense Group. He has also written for the Hartford Courant, Slate.com, Salon.com, and the New York Times.  

 Direct: (860)757-9579

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Hartford, CT 06103
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