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Former State Treasurers Denise Nappier & Joseph Suggs Endorse Erick Russell For Treasurer

July 21, 2022

Connecticut State Treasurer candidate Erick Russell, endorsed by the Connecticut Democratic Party and top elected officials from across the state, today announced that he has received the support of former Connecticut State Treasurers Denise Nappier and Joseph M. Suggs, Jr. – another major jolt for his campaign.

Nappier: “He understands what it takes to make government work for all people, not just the few.”

Suggs: “There is no candidate better suited than Erick Russell to be our next State Treasurer”

(NEW HAVEN) – Connecticut State Treasurer candidate Erick Russell, endorsed by the Connecticut Democratic Party and top elected officials from across the state, today announced that he has received the support of former Connecticut State Treasurers Denise Nappier and Joseph M. Suggs, Jr. – another major jolt for his campaign. These endorsements make Russell the only candidate in the race with support from those who have previously led the Treasurer’s office, and comes on the heels of other major endorsements from UAW Region 9A and Congressman John Larson.

Nappier is the first Black woman to serve as State Treasurer in United States history, and if elected, Russell would be the first Black, openly LGBTQ+ statewide official ever in the United States.

“Erick's vast experience in working with towns, cities, and the state demonstrates his ability and qualifications to effectively oversee the management of our state's financial resources including the risk adjusted growth of our pension funds,” former Connecticut State Treasurer Denise Nappier said. “He's positioned to ensure that our state's overall financing needs and payment obligations for capital improvements such as school construction and critical infrastructure improvements, like road and bridge repairs, are met at the lowest possible cost.

I am proud to support Erick because I know he is the right candidate to be our next Treasurer and he will be ready to lead on day one,” Nappier added. “He understands what it takes to make government work for all people, not just the few.”

“He's positioned to ensure that our state's overall financing needs and payment obligations for capital improvements such as school construction and critical infrastructure improvements, like road and bridge repairs, are met at the lowest possible cost.

“There is no candidate better suited than Erick Russell to be our next State Treasurer, and Erick's experience is exactly what we need in this office. On a professional level, he has a speciality in public finance, has worked with municipalities across the state on their investments and capital projects, and has a strong understanding of government – making him the most qualified candidate to step in on day one. As a person, he’s a candidate of extraordinary caliber who grew up to working parents in New Haven struggling to make ends meet, overcame obstacles, and now is ready to help every person in Connecticut have their own success story,” former Connecticut State Treasurer Joseph M. Suggs Jr. said. “He's the right candidate with the right perspective at the right time, and I couldn’t be prouder to endorse his campaign.”

“I’m honored to earn the endorsement of former Treasurers Denise Nappier and Joseph Suggs – two trailblazers who have fought tirelessly for working people and used their financial expertise to move our state forward,” Treasurer Candidate Erick Russell said. “This job is about investing responsibly, protecting and growing our pension funds, and strengthening the fiscal condition of our state. But it’s also about fighting for working families, bringing Main Street values to Wall Street, and building a better Connecticut where everyone has a chance to succeed. That’s exactly what I’ll do as the next State Treasurer. I’m humbled by the support of past Treasurers who have unique insight into what it takes to break barriers and invest for Connecticut families, proving that a kid from New Haven who got his start counting change at his parents’ convenience store could beat the odds and fight to lead our state forward.”

Erick Russell is the endorsed candidate of the Connecticut Democratic Party who received overwhelming support at the state convention earlier this year. He’s received the endorsement of the Victory Fund, New Haven Rising, and dozens of elected officials, organizations, labor unions and leaders across the state. A full list of endorsements can be found here.