Jonathan Harris Named Executive Director of Connecticut Democratic Party

The former state senator and mayor of West Hartford succeeds Eric Hyers.

West Hartford resident Jonathan Harris has been named to executive director of the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee.

The appointment was announced by Democratic State Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo on Friday.

Harris, a West Hartford native who served as mayor from 2001-2004 and state senator (D-5th district) from 2004-2010, most recently served as deputy treasurer in the State Office of the Treasurer.

In a news release announcing the appointment, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said, “Jonathan Harris has a long history of service to the people of Connecticut and has been an effective champion for the values we hold dear in the Democratic Party. From advocacy on behalf of seniors to his efforts to improve access to healthcare to his work to improve local government, his energy and dedication to our shared Democratic principles make him an ideal candidate to serve the State Central Committee as its executive director.”
“This is an excellent opportunity to continue my public service and help ensure strong leadership for all citizens of Connecticut,” Harris said in the release. “I look forward to working with leaders across the state to promote good and responsive government.”
While in the senate, Harris served as co-chair of the Human Services Committee and later as co-chair of the Committee on Public Health, according to the release.

Harris is a graduate of Brandeis University and New York University School of Law.

Paul Chotkowski May 12, 2012 at 04:43 PM
It is interesting that both Ms. Jett and Ms. Kindall used the word "biapartisan" when discussing Mr. Harris and his appointment to a position that is so clearly partisan - the head of a political party that supports greater taxes, more intrusive / controlling government, less personal responsibility, the redistribution of private property in the name of social justice, and a bidable Constitution that no longer limits the power of government over the lives of its citzens and their property. None are positions that I find myself inclided to compromise over. Nor have I see any evidence that Progressives / Socialists operating as "Democrats" in this state are willing to entertain lower taxes, a smaller, leaner, less intrusive goverment, greater personal responibility and accountability for one's own behavior and free market solutions to wealth creation and distribution. I think it is possible that the ladies doth protest too much!
Bart Halloran May 12, 2012 at 06:13 PM
As a democrat who served a republican governor, I take exception to the grooms oversimplifications by Mr. Chotkowski. Mr. Harris ran a town, balanced budgets, and treated even those with whom he disagreed with respect and courtesy. Unless we overcome the righteous ideological intransignience with which our present politics are infested, we will leave our children a broken country. Mr. Harris is exactly the type of leader we need. Bart Halloran
A. Goode Freind May 13, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Jonathan, nice to see you are now positioned to capitalize your title.
A. Goode Freind May 13, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Hey Paul, loosen your aluminium foil cap; circulation is important to survival.
Robert Huelin May 15, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Jonathan Harris is a smart, considerate leader who has devoted his career to finding good ideas for managing our increasingly complex society. As a Democrat and a person who appreciates thoughtful decision making, I couldn't be happier about Jonathan's new appointment. The Governor made an excellent choice. Mr. Chotkowski should stop reading artfully prepared propaganda and re-engage with the world of facts and logic. Everything he says about the Democrats and Mr. Harris is demonstrably false and all the rest of his talking points are gibberish. The next time someone can tell me what "free market solutions to wealth creation and distribution" means will be the first time!! If Mr. Chotkowski wants to smear an honest public servant, I hope he at least can give a concrete example of a free (by which I mean open and unregulated--clarity is important for communication!) market (and I don't mean a market that is regulated implicitly through rents or licenses or barriers to entry or monopoly control of resources, I mean an actually open and unregulated market) for any good or service that resolves its own inefficiencies and inequities. Once again, the next time will be the first time!


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