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Former Secretary of the State Denise Merrill Endorses Erick Russell for State Treasurer

July 29, 2022

Denise Merrill: “We need someone who is qualified, responsible, and who will grow our finances into the future – and Erick Russell is that person.”

(NEW HAVEN) – In yet another significant endorsement, Former Secretary of the State Denise Merrill today announced her support for Erick Russell’s campaign for State Treasurer – backing from a major and long-time statewide constitutional officer. The endorsement from Merrill – who served as Secretary of the State from 2011 to 2022 – is part of a wave of endorsements and political support for Russell, who is the Connecticut Democratic Party-endorsed candidate, in every corner of the state.

In recent weeks, Russell – the only candidate to be endorsed by former State Treasurers – has received major endorsements from Congressman John Larson, Former Treasurer Denise Nappier, Former Treasurer Joseph Suggs, West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor, the United Auto Workers union, UNITE HERE Local 34, and more. Russell is also endorsed by dozens of mayors, state representatives, and state senators, including House Speaker Matt Ritter and House Majority Leader Jason Rojas, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, and Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary.

The momentum is clearly behind the Russell campaign.

“What Connecticut needs right now is someone who will fight for Main Street values on Wall Street, who knows what it’s like to be a working person who struggles to get by, and who will fight for our values while improving our financial outlook. That’s exactly what Erick will do, and I couldn’t be more enthusiastic to support his campaign,” said Former Secretary of the State Denise Merrill. “Erick’s story – from a child counting change behind the cash register at his parents’ convenience store to a finance expert improving lives across the state – is inspiring. It’s also a call to action. Everyone deserves a fair shot in this economy, and everyone deserves an opportunity for their own success story, just like Erick’s. We need someone who is qualified, responsible, and who will grow our finances into the future – and Erick Russell is that person.”

“It’s simply an honor to receive Denise Merrill’s endorsement – someone who has fought for years to expand democratic rights, protect the right to vote, and move our state into the future,” said Treasurer Candidate Erick Russell. “We both believe in the same thing: fighting for working people. I’m running for Treasurer to keep our state fiscally strong, grow our economy, lower costs for families feeling squeezed, and put Connecticut on the right fiscal path into the future. Our campaign is gaining momentum every day, and we’re so proud to have Denise on our side in this fight.”

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.