New Britain is not immune to the police misconduct that
has plagued the country.
Law enforcement officials must be held accountable for any and all violence and harm in our communities, especially against people of color.
The time for justice is now.
Making sure all residents have the support they need is essential to fostering a healthy and safe community.
That's why I support well-funded schools, affordable housing, and access to mental health services.
The time for community is now.
New Britain is a diverse community of many different races,
ethnicities and cultures.
I am committed to making sure that the needs of all people in the city are represented in City Hall.
The time for solidarity is now.
I am Alicia Hernandez Strong, a community organizer and activist running to become the 41st Mayor of New Britain in 2021.
I was raised and educated in New Britain's public schools, received a Bachelor’s degree in Government & Religion from Wesleyan University, and am completing a Master’s degree at Yale University.
After graduating from Wesleyan, I served as Executive Director of the Connecticut chapter of the well-known civil rights group,
the Council on American-Islamic relations.
I also helped run the New Britain office for Congresswoman Jahana Hayes' first campaign.
After the murder of George Floyd, I co-founded the New Britain Racial Justice Coalition to combat institutional racism in the city.
City government has continued to under fund critical services that our community needs such as education, housing, and mental health services.
We need city leadership that prioritizes working-class people.
I am running on a working class-centered platform which prioritizes funding education and social services.
This is especially important while New Britain residents are struggling even more due to COVID-19.
My experiences as a young Afro-Puerto Rican growing up in New Britain has reinforced my commitment to racial and economic justice.
I pride myself in bringing together diverse sets of people to fight for a common cause.
Economic development must be done with working class people in mind. That means prioritizing
affordable housing and cultivating local entrepreneurs.
For too long City Hall has focused on trying to attract wealthy people & businesses through wasteful spending on downtown aesthetics and costly tax breaks to developers.
Meanwhile, New Britain’s working families are paying unreasonably high taxes without seeing any return.
New Britain consistently ranks at the bottom in
per pupil spending compared to other Connecticut cities.
I am committed to increasing funding for education, because I recognize that schools not only educate our future leaders, they also provides our children with many critical services that they may not otherwise receive.
Teachers are overworked and underpaid —
this is unacceptable.
I believe our students are a worthwhile investment
for the City to make.
Public Health & Safety
COVID-19 has exaggerated racial and economic disparities faced by communities like ours.
New Britain has had one of the lowest vaccination rates in the state and this is unacceptable.
We need a strong leader who will directly tackle the accessibility issues making access difficult for poor communities and communities of color.
It will take more than just billboards,
we need a city-wide campaign.
and join Alicia in the fight for the
justice, solidarity, and community
that we all deserve.
Even a dollar helps.
But seeing what’s been disregarded and what’s been prioritized has bothered me. I’ve tried other ways to influence local politics, but I’ve realized if we really want to make true change in the city, we need new leadership.