Nine out of 12 elected Windsor Democrats have announced their support for Leo Canty in his bid for a seat in the capitol.
All members of the board of education, and three of the five town council Democrats support the long-time town committee chairman. Mayor Don Trinks, who is running against Canty is the race, and Jody Terranova are the only council members who have not voiced their support for Canty's campaign.
Board of Education President Doreen Richardson is the only Democratic board of education member not to voice her support for Canty.
"I have no doubt Leo Canty is the best candidate for state representative from the new Windsor State House seat," said Canty's campaign treasurer and Windsor Deputy Mayor Al Simon. "We need a hardworking, effective legislator. Without Leo's hard work, Windsor wouldn't have this chance to elect a representative."
Canty, who won the majority of delegates' votes during the Democratic party's convention, will face Trinks and Hartford's Brandon McGee in an August 14 primary.
Many of those who are supporting Canty do so based on his experience in town.
“Leo is just so knowledgeable. I have been impressed with his skills for many years," said Florence Barlow, campaign committee co-chair. "He does so much for our town and it often happens behind the scenes."
Board of education Vice President Darleen Klase voiced her support, saying Cant's leadership and commitment to education "are demonstrated by the diverse group of skilled individuals that now serve on Windsor's board of education.
"Mr. Canty's actions on the human relations committee and as our Democratic town committee chairman have increased community and political engagement in our town. I strongly support his candidacy," Klase added.
Along with the support of local Democrats he has received, Canty also recently announced the hiring of a campaign manager, Willimantic-native and recent college graduate Ryan Henowitz.
"I love politics and want to work for issues important to working families and candidates that are fighters for the 99%," said Henowitz.
"Working for the Canty 2012 campaign helps me meet my goal of getting great people in the Legislature that fight for my issues and will definitely work hard for all the hard working people in the 5th district and our state," he added.