Who Jahana Hayes, the Connecticut candidate who could make history?

Jahana Hayes wins the Democratic primary in Connecticut, the 5 is. District. A former National Teacher of the Year recipient, Hayes defeated a veteran politician in the primary.

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From public housing to a teenage pregnancy, Jahana Hayes’ trip to the democratic candidate for Congress in Connecticut was anything but easy.

Hayes, 2016 National Teacher of the Year recipients, solid beat Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman, a two-time candidate for Lieutenant-Governor, in the Aug. 14 primary in the 5. District. The face of the Republican Manny Santos, the former mayor of Meriden, in November.

If she wins, Hayes will go down in history as the first black woman to win a Connecticut congressional seat, as well as the first black Congressman from New England.

“When we started this campaign here began a little more than 100 days, we had said no Organisation and no network,” Hayes. “People told us we had no chance and no business to interfere with the try, the status quo. And tonight, you were wrong.”

Hayes already has a fundraising advantage, as they will already be about $360,000 cash on hand as of July 25. Santos, on the other hand, had less than $ 500, after accounting for a campaign debt.

The place opened this year, according to Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who was heavily criticized for its handling of sexual harassment in your office, declined to again be a candidate.

Read it to know more for a look at three things about Hayes.

She was the 2016 National teacher of the year

President Barack Obama awarded Jahana Hayes 2016 National Teacher of the Year award.

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The former President, Barack Obama, gave Hayes the 2016 National Teacher of the Year award. Then, Hayes social studies, taught at the John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Connecticut.

“I really believe that we need to change the narrative, change the Dialog about what is teaching as a profession,” Hayes told The Washington Post at the time. “We have spent a lot of time in the last few years about things not to speak, are employed. We really need to shift our attention to all the things that work.”


She told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show in 2016, that she “teaches kindness and service to the community in your classroom.

Hayes visited the Naugatuck Valley Community College, before becoming a student at Southern Connecticut State University. Later, her Master’s degree and advanced degree from the University of Saint Joseph and the University of Bridgeport, acquired, according to their campaign website.

Growing up, her family struggled with poverty and dependency

A lifelong resident of Connecticut, Hayes grew up in an environment that she said, was“ illustrated by the predictable cycle of poverty.”

Hayes lived in the housing sector and their family members struggling with addiction, describing them on its campaign website. And once, she said, her family lost their apartment.

As a teenager, Hayes became pregnant, and she thought, “all hopes for any upward mobility seemed to be beyond …,” according to her campaign website. But those who encouraged in your community hold you for a training.


In its application for National teacher of the year, Hayes explains how her upbringing helped her.

“As a child, affected environment, growing up in urban poverty, I came in contact with a minority of the teachers. This contact greatly influenced the person I have become,” she said, according to The Washington Post.

The history of their education was an integral part of your campaign message, according to the Hartford Courant.

It supports stronger gun control, Medicare for all

Jahana Hayes confirmed, Sr., Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

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During her acceptance speech, Hayes vowed to “fight for the soul of our nation” and called for single-payer health care, stronger gun laws and an education system that offers more opportunities for all children.

On her campaign website, she said she supports universal background checks for all gun purchases, and the directing of the money to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention look into gun violence “as a public health Problem.” She said she also supports keeping the “federal assault weapons ban, the weapons of war from our streets.”


It was supported by Sen. Kamala Harris and had the support of the Connecticut Working families y Chapter (CTWFP) and trade unions.

“Your victory tonight, the Democratic voters to accept the strong desire for a champion who can you trust [President] Trump and the corporate special interests without compromise”, CTWFP state Director Lindsay Farrell talks said in a statement.

“Jahana is winning, also shows the value on the election and the mobilisation of teachers, the fight for public education, stand up to [education Secretary], Betsy DeVos, and advocate the importance of collective bargaining,” Farrell continued. “Jahana-campaign, we have seen a wave of support from parents, students and colleagues of Jahana’s story is inspired.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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