CTDems Chair and former Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman began a career in public service more than 30 years ago when she successfully sought a seat on the Tolland Board of Education. After serving for eight years on the Tolland BOE, Wyman was elected to four terms in the State House of Representatives where she served as chair of the Education Committee and held a leadership position on the Appropriations sub-committee on Elementary and Secondary education. In 1994, she became the first woman elected State Comptroller. Wyman was later elected 108th Lieutenant Governor serving as a partner to Governor Dannel P. Malloy in the work to bolster statewide economic recovery and build a strong foundation for growth, long-term stability and prosperity. She chairs the board of the Interagency Council for Ending the Achievement Gap and is the Chair of the Board of Access Health CT, Connecticut’s official health insurance marketplace. Created in 2011 to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act, Access Health CT is recognized nationally as one of the best health exchanges in the country, with other states implementing Connecticut’s technology.
Vice Chair Erick Russell is a New Haven-raised attorney who currently represents state and municipal governments at Pullman & Comley and serves on the New Haven Democratic Town Committee. Erick currently serves as Chair of the LGBT section of the Connecticut Bar Association, as the Co-Chair of Connecticut Cares for Lambda Legal, and as a member of the Connecticut Criminal Justice Commission. Erick previously served on the board of directors for the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association and represented low-income taxpayers before the IRS as a part of the University of Connecticut School of Law’s Low-Income Tax Clinic.
Audrey Blondin, who is currently serving as party Secretary, has been a member of the Democratic State Central Committee since 2002, representing the 14 towns of the Northwest Corner. She was one of the Committee’s first women attorneys and has served as a delegate to Democratic National Conventions. She became involved in politics in 1979 on the Torrington mayor’s race, and served on the Democratic Town Committee there until moving to Litchfield in 1986, where she became local chairman and was elected to the Board of Selectmen. She founded Torrington’s first woman-owned law firm and practices primarily real estate, business, probate and estate planning law, as well as assisting her husband in Blondin Shea Eyecare.
Party Treasurer Eloisa Melendez is a twenty-four-year-old Norwalk City Councilwoman. She was first elected in 2013, at the age of 19. She is currently serving her third term on the council. Eloisa is a first generation Norwalker. Her mother was born in Medellin, Colombia and her father was born in New York City to Puerto Rican parents. She is the chair of the Ordinance committee of the Common Council, where she is tasked with leading the committee that reviews and creates Norwalk laws. She is a student at the University of Connecticut, Stamford campus. She’s the President of the UConn Stamford College Democrats and Vice President of the UConn Stamford Latinx Organization.