New Haven health director officially joins Sec. of the State race

New Haven health director officially joins Sec. of the State race

NEW HAVEN — The city’s public health director has confirmed her upcoming bid for Secretary of the State after months of unofficial campaigning.

Maritza Bond, a Democrat, officially declared her candidacy Sunday morning on WTNH’s Capitol Report segment, adding that she had received statewide support since launching an exploratory campaign last September.

That initial foray raised $30,000 by January, Bond’s campaign said.

“I’m really humbled that people see me as a fresh face and that I have a different vision that brings in the government management executive experience that is absolutely crucial to be in that role,” Bond told WTNH on Sunday.

She joins multiple other Democrats vying for the office, vacant after incumbent Democrat Denise Merrill announced in June 2021 that she would be retiring after three terms.

Bond is the first Hispanic health director in the state and, if elected, would be the first Hispanic Secretary of the State. She also is a first-generation college student, according to a campaign press release.

“Since announcing my exploratory campaign months ago, it has been made clear to me that I am the underdog,” Bond said in the release. “Luckily, this is a position I am very comfortable with.”

Bond has cited her 22 years of experience in the public health sector as a valuable precursor to the statewide bid. Bond spent four years as the health and social services director for Bridgeport before she became New Haven’s health director and worked in the lower Naugatuck Valley before that.

She said her campaign will focus on expanding access to voting, including absentee ballots and early voting, as well as making the office more accessible and community-oriented.

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