Former state representative’s next steps in Connecticut politics

Hartford, Connecticut – Former state representative Brandon McGee has resigned and will pursue new endeavors in Connecticut.

He said the decision to step down was not easy.

“I have thought long and hard, of many conversations and conversations with my wife and other political advisors and mentors. It was just time.”

He will soon join Governor Lemont’s re-election campaign trial as political director, working closely with underrepresented communities.

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“I raise the bar for all the issues and challenges that communities of color face,” McGee said. “It’s not limited to because we represent all the people of Connecticut.”

While his personal message and philosophy is strong, McGee said his roots in the community fueled his nearly 10 year legislative career.

“I’m just an ordinary kid from the north end of Hartford, Barbara Street.”

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McGee was the youngest person during the 2013 legislative session. He served as chair of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, the Legislature’s Housing Committee, and served on the Appropriations and Human Services Committee. He also helped pass and finance several bills and policies.

“I, along with all my colleagues, have been able to raise the bar for social justice, racial disparities, all areas,” McGee explained enthusiastically. “As a result of this work, we were able to pass a bill to not only declare racism a public health crisis but put that into practice and create a commission that focuses on state agencies, expanding its work around ratio and implementing programs and services for great people here in Connecticut.”

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McGee explained that the journey wasn’t easy, especially at first.

“I got into an even vote, a recount of all those votes, a court case, and then went back to the streets for another election, basically,” McGee explained, recounting the start of his career as a legislature.

He emphasized that his roots would continue to help guide him on his next journey.

McGee cheerfully explained, “I want people to know that Brandon is leaving?

Raquel Harrington is the Race and Culture Correspondent for FOX61 News. It can be accessed at rharrington@fox61.com. follow her Facebook social networking siteAnd Twitter And Instagram.

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