Russo is only the fourth candidate for mayor to receive the group’s endorsement, according to an article by ctpost.com.
New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and Danbury Mayor Chris Setaro were endorsed on Aug. 13.
Russo, Middletown’s public works director, has worked for the city for 35 years. He is a Middletown native having been born and raised in the city.
According to a release from the group, its endorsements are based on a candidate’s interests in the issues affecting the working class, the immigrant community, diversity, education, veterans, and continued effort to elect Latinos to office.
The CT Hispanic Democratic Caucus also recognizes the individual’s commitment to addressing the needs of all individuals and families living and working in their city, according to the release.
“We need leaders who will fight every day for progressive values, embrace diversity, support electing Latinos to office, protect both immigrant and the LGBTQ community rights and support the mission and message of the CT Hispanic Democratic Caucus,” the CT Hispanic Democratic Caucus said in the press release. “That means we have to care about who wins not just the general election, but primary elections as well. The CHDC is a grassroots statewide political organization that has fostered significant efforts to support candidates for constitutional office, municipal boards, and commission that reflect our demographic, diversity and values.”
In his website, Russo said, “To me, good government and Democratic values are all about making sure people get their money’s worth for the taxes they pay. We need to keep taxes down while making sure we have great parks, safe roads and streets, solid infrastructure, and strong schools. It takes experience to make that happen, and I’ll put my experiences and work ethic up against anyone who wants to run for this office.”