NORWALK, Conn. – State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140) got a boost in his re-election bid Friday when he picked up the backing of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).
The endorsement was not unexpected – Morris, a four-term legislator and the party-backed candidate, has worked in the Norwalk Public Schools for more than a dozen years as director of human relations and is a union member of the Executive Support Group. He is facing a primary challenge from former at-large Common Councilman Warren Peña.
In a statement emailed by the Morris campaign, AFT President Melodie Peters said Morris was endorsed because of his “commitment to working families and advocating for issues that are important to AFT Connecticut. … We need strong leadership that will help turn this state around and his re-election is a critical part of this.”
Morris, in the release, said he is “ecstatic” to have received the support of the AFT.
“I have spent over 15 years working alongside and around teachers and education professionals and have seen first-hand how important their work is to the future of our children,” he said.
AFT Connecticut represents more than 29,000 workers including teachers and other school-related personnel including paraprofessionals, state employees, health care workers, and higher education faculty and staff.
Morris has also been endorsed by Connecticut Education Association (CEA).
The Democratic Primary is Tuesday Aug. 12.