Thomas 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. Council President 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 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.
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.
Direct: (860) 757-9571
Julio A. Concepcion was born in Puerto Rico but moved to the Hartford Region when he was 3 years old, finally settling in the City of Hartford after graduating from the University of Connecticut in 2004. From 2005-2007, Julio served as Community Liaison and Assistant to the Mayor of the City of Hartford where he focused on resolving constituent issues throughout Hartford. Currently, Julio serves as the Vice President of Hartford Partnerships for the MetroHartford Alliance, the City of Hartford’s Chamber of Commerce and the Region’s economic development leader. In this capacity, Julio is the liaison between Alliance Investors and the City of Hartford, its elected and appointed officials, its departments and most importantly, its neighborhoods. Julio also serves as Chairman of Hartford Crime Stoppers, was Chairman of the Young Professionals Taskforce and is an active board member of Achieve Hartford!, Camp Courant, the Downtown Business Improvement District, The Knox Foundation, the Hartford Public Library, Riverfront Recapture, the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, Hartford 2000 and Theaterworks.
In March of 2010, Julio was elected to serve in Hartford’s 5th District Town Committee and in 2011 he was chosen as the Grand Marshal of the Puerto Rican Day Parade and as a Hartford Business Journal “40 under Forty” winner. He currently resides in Hartford with his wife Erin Concepcion and his daughter Alexa.
Direct: (860) 757-9578
Cynthia Jennings is an environmental and civil rights attorney who is currently serving as a Councilwoman in the City of Hartford. She has been nominated to serve on the Hartford School Building Committee the Council Budget Committee, the Health and Human Services Committee, the Labor Committee, the Public Safety Committee, and she currently chairs the Parks and Recreation, Public Works and Environment Committee on the Hartford City Council. One of her current major initiatives is a pending resolution to stop the building of a gas pipeline through the reservoir where Hartford residents obtain their drinking water.
On April 24, 2014, Councilwoman Jennings received an Official Citation from the Connecticut General Assembly in recognition of her service to the City of Hartford for her work through the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice (CCEJ), an organization which she served for six years, as Board Chairperson and one of the founding members, under the leadership of Dr. Mark Mitchell, and the assistance and ongoing support of ONE/CHANE, Inc.
She is recognized as bringing the issue of environmental justice in Hartford, to national attention, through her opposition, clean-up and closure of a polluting landfill located in North Hartford. She was one of 28 people nationally, to serve on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (NEJAC) and she also served as a Board Member on the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. She served as a consultant to Northeast Utilities, now Eversource, a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region One Office, and she worked as an Environmental Attorney through the firm of Alan Kosloff, Esq. in West Hartford, Connecticut. Cynthia was a founding partner of the Barrister Law Group in Bridgeport, Connecticut, one of the largest African American-Caribbean Law Firms in Connecticut. She served on the Hartford Town Committee, and the Bridgeport Town Committee. She is licensed to practice law in federal and state courts in Connecticut, and at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.
Anyone who knows Cynthia, knows of her love for people, justice, civil rights, and the right for all people to have employment and educational opportunities in an environment that is healthy, supportive and caring. She is known to be a protector of the youth and elderly, and for those who are not able to defend themselves. She is a strong advocate for an end to the unjust prison system that disproportionately imprisons African-American and Latino men and women, depriving them of their right to a respected place in this society, and she is a true fighter for justice and an end to educational, employment, health and economic disparities that affect African-Americans, Latinos, women, children, and other protected classes throughout Connecticut.
Cynthia served as Executive Director of the Black and Hispanic Caucus of the Connecticut General Assembly for three years. She is an outstanding educator, and she has served as the Assistant to the Connecticut Commissioner of Education, Assistant to the Chief Court Administrator in the Judicial system, and has worked as a teacher in the State Regional Vocational Technical School System.
Cynthia owned and operated a private school by the name of Plan B Incorporated, and Plan B Test Preparation, LLC in Hartford, Connecticut. Through Plan B, Cynthia has provided more than 2500 jobs to African-American and Latino men, and women throughout Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, by preparing them to take and pass employment and educational examinations.
She was written up in Black Enterprise for her ground breaking work in employment examination preparation, and she has served as a Testing Consultant for the State of Connecticut Department of Education.
Cynthia has been attributed to changing the face and race of the Hartford Police Department, and the Hartford Fire Department, through Plan B, where she trained hundreds of individuals to pass the police and fire entry level and promotional examinations. Some of Cynthia’s students have served in the highest ranks of the police and fire departments, including the positions of Chief, Assistant Chief, Captains, Sergeants, and Detective positions. The first African-American and Latino women on the Hartford Fire Department were her students through Plan B, Incorporated.
Cynthia has trained hundreds to take and pass the State of Connecticut Correction Officer examination, teacher certification examinations, and has been successful in placement of hundreds of individuals into employment with the U.S. Postal Service, State Police, U.S. Census Bureau, and other Civil Service Positions.
She is a powerful leader who ran under the banner of Shirley Chisholm--unbought, unbossed and unafraid. She lives this through her outstanding and unprecedented leadership, both on and off of City Council, in her beloved City of Hartford.
Direct: (860) 757-9572
Councilman 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.
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.
John 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
Councilwoman 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 www.Accesstv.org, 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.
Larry 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
Wildaliz Bermudez is a long-time Hartford resident. Growing up, as an original Sheff v.s. O’Neill plaintiff she has fought for the improvement of public schools in CT. 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. Her job required her to attend neighborhood meetings to help constituents with problems and concerns. She was then promoted as a Policy Analyst for the City of Hartford where she co-founded the Green Action Team and initiated the City’s first Clean Energy Task Force. While the environment has been very dear to her, Wildaliz saw the direct link between health and the environment. During the first roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, she became the Navigator Coordinator for the entire Eastern CT region where she managed health care enrollments for more than 38 CT towns for the Eastern Area Health Education Center.
Her work with communities has also extended into the activism arena. Wildaliz has organized communities in New Haven and Bridgeport with the Connecticut Center for a New Economy. Her passion for equality has also extended into the legal field as seen with her work as a Community Outreach Advocate for the Legal Assistance Resource Center of CT. While there, she enjoyed providing free legal workshops to Hartford residents and taught individuals to become their own best advocates.
Minority Leader Bermudez enjoys serving her community and has been on boards like The Center for Latino Progress, The Connecticut Landmarks Society, The CT Alliance for Basic Human Needs and Hartford’s Roberto Clemente Tribute Committee. She has co-hosted on the Cafe Con Luis Latino Policy segment on the Analeh Show on Univision. Currently, Wildaliz is the Communications Director for the CT League of Conservation Voters.
Wildaliz obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and her Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from La Universidad Metropolitana in Puerto Rico. She is happily married and lives in Hartford's Asylum Hill neighborhood.
Direct: (860) 757-9579
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