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Glendowlyn Thames (D) 

Glendowlyn ThamesGlendowlyn L. H. Thames became Council President on January 8, 2018. Glen is a city of Hartford native and has spent most of her adult life working in public service. While interning with the city of Hartford in the Planning Division of the Housing Department during Summer College breaks, she developed a unique passion for municipal government and the desire to be engaged and be of service to her community. From her days as a college intern Glen’s career path in public service spring-boarded, she served in key government roles spanning over 8 years of service as Director of Constituent Services for the City of Hartford and as Special Assistant to the Superintendent for Hartford Public Schools.

Today, Glen is chairing the Operations, Management and Budget committee while also serving as a member of the Planning, Economic Development, and Housing Committee and the Legislative Affairs committee. With a keen focus on good government and good public policy Glen’s intimate knowledge and experience working within city government and with the community provides a unique insight and perspective that would add tremendous value to secure Hartford’s long-term success. Her priority areas will be neighborhood focused: helping to provide community and economic development growth and putting the residents of Hartford first at City Hall.

Glen is a mother of two children and a wife. She currently works with innovative startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses in Connecticut. She also serves on the Wilson-Gray YMCA Board, is a member of the Clay Arsenal NRZ, the Greater Hartford NAACP and a CT Closing the Achievement Gap Taskforce member. She holds a BA from Hofstra University and a MA in Public Policy from Trinity College.

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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 a member of the Operations, Management and Budget committee.

Council President 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.

Direct: (860) 757-9571

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James Sanchez (D) 

James SanchezCouncilman James Sanchez Majority Leader 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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John Q. Gale (D) 

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.

Direct: (860) 757-9575

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rJo Winch (D) 

rJo WinchCouncilwoman Winch is a product of her community. She began her elementary education at Kinsella and graduated from Hartford Public High School. She received her Associates Degree from the Community College of the Air Force and her Bachelor of University Studies Degree from University of Hartford in the fields of Human Services and Organizational Leadership.

rJo, which she prefers to be called, is a shortened version of Rosezina Joyce, transformed to look more like a symbol than to be grammatically correct. She is the first of eight children born to Prenzina Holloway. She is the first of her sibling to enlist in the Armed Forces. Her choice; the United States Air Force in June of 1976, where she continued to serve until her retirement in June 1999. She is the mother of Shaquasia Marie Goldsby who is also graduated from Hartford Public High School, 2006.

Councilwoman Winch, a decorated, retired, Air Force Master Sergeant and Master Military Training Instructor is the recipient of several awards and medals including: Noncommissioned Officer Academy Distinguished Graduate, two Air Force Meritorious Service Awards, Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Meritorious Service Award, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Award, and Marksmanship. While serving the citizens of Hartford she has also received several community awards: The Upper Albany Neighborhood Revitalization Zone Unsung Hero Award, Permanency of Women Commission Award, 2002 United Technologies Corporation Volunteer of the year and National Women’s Historical Month Award where she was honored for her contributions to making history in local government, 2007 Urban League of Greater Hartford Community Service Award, 2007 Mothers United Against Violence Appreciation Award, 2009 Bring Them Home Award from the CT Visitor’s Center and 2010 Hartford Jobs Corps Thank You Award.

She believes everyone should do their part to positively influence our youth. She does her part by getting involved in her community and encouraging Hartford’s youth to get hip to their surroundings and get a grip on their lives. She is the host of “All Politics is Local” on, a Grassroots Television Network. She is a published author of three books: “Welcome Home”, co-authored by her daughter Shaquasia Marie, “Loving One Man” and “LimeLight”. She is working on two additional novels entitled “Behind the Municipal Door” and “When 40 is not Enough”.

As the Chair of the City’s Labor, Education, Workforce Development and Youth Committee, Councilwoman Winch has Hartford’s youth at the forefront of her focus. She has her sights set on Hartford’s economic future and she has the wheels in motion to directly affect resident workforce engagement. As a step in this direction, she was instrumental in creating Hartford’s 1st Fire Cadet Program, which enables Hartford youth to be trained and skilled in fire methodology, creating a means for future Hartford resident Fire Fighters. She also instituted Hartford’s 1st Youth Advisory Council, a council of youth elected by their peers. She believes to have successful and thriving communities they must be inclusive.

Direct: (860)757-9573

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Larry Deutsch, M.D. (WF) 

Larry DeutschLarry Deutsch, MD.,MPH is a pediatrician and City Council member who like many others in our City has immigrated to Hartford from somewhere else (Brooklyn, New York). His present involvement in public affairs dates back to the childhood memories of community activities for civil rights and unnecessary wars.

After college, he received a MS (Biophysics), taught high school science and mathematics in Wisconsin and New York City. He then returned to University of Wisconsin for his MD. After residency at University of Connecticut, he worked for years as a pediatrician in Boston and Harford. Later he received a Master’s in Public Health and directed a project to improve community health care with computerized medical records for children getting health care in community centers, school clinics, hospitals and offices. Subsequently he was the first Medical Director for Community Health Network (the non-profit community health center organization for our Medicaid population).

Voluntary medical work has included membership on the Board to Trustees of Connecticut’s Tobacco and Health Trust Fund, Board of Directors of the Biomedical Engineering Alliance and Consortium. FEMA trips to New Orleans after Katrina and the Dominican Republic with Haitian refugees. Larry has three children (all graduates of Hartford public schools) and has been involved in PTO affairs as well as a school doctor. He continues work in pediatric care while also involved in public health issues such as education advocacy in the state legislature to establish a universal health care system which fairly and effectively benefits all residents.

Now in his third term on Hartford City Council, Councilperson Deutsch is committed to public activity linking decent affordable housing, jobs with good training and living wages and economic and environmental justice. To date, Councilperson Deutsch continues as chair to the Health and Human Services committee along with his work in public health clinics as a pediatrician.

Direct: (860) 757-9577

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Wildaliz Bermudez (WF) 

Wildaliz Bermudez

Wildaliz Bermudez is the Hartford City Council Minority Leader for the Working Families Party, elected in 2015. She serves 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) 757-9579

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Claudine Fox (WF) 

Claudine FoxFueled by a passion for service and justice, Claudine Fox has dedicated the last 10 years of her life to learning about justice & equity, while simultaneously building a career in the non-profit sector. As an empath and firm believer that everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive, Claudine has always been moved to action to protect, support, and strengthen her community, particularly those that have been harmed by oppressive and racist systems of power.

Equipped with a BS in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University, along with two years of service learning experience by way of the AmeriCorps Program Public Allies Connecticut, Fox has experience working in the world of food justice and urban agriculture, federally qualified health centers, and is now the Program Manager at Health Equity Solutions – a policy and advocacy nonprofit based in Hartford, CT. Claudine also serves as a City Councilwoman for the City of Hartford.

In her off time, Claudine loves to eat & cook, garden, travel, and spend time with her loved ones.

Direct: (860) 757-9578

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