Three Democrats file as candidates for New London City Council

New London — Three Democrats have registered as City Council candidates for the upcoming municipal election and formed a committee to raise funds.

Kevin Booker Jr., James Burke, and Reona Dyess filed registration forms with the City Clerk on Friday and registered a political slate committee called “New Voices New London.” Burke will serve as the committee chairman with Dianna Kulmacz as treasurer and Alisha Blake as deputy treasurer.

Booker serves on the Board of Directors for the Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication Middle School and Opportunities Industrialization Center of New London. A Red Cross volunteer and school mentor, Booker works as a public speaking instructor for the Connecticut Community College system and is a trainer for the Anti-Defamation League and National Conference for Community and Justice. He has lived in New London since 2012.

Burke is the corresponding secretary for the New London Democratic Town Committee and a member of New London’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He works as a manager at Fiddleheads Food Co-op and sound engineer at the Garde Arts Center and 33 Golden St. Burke served as campaign manager for Anthony Nolan during the February special election. He lives with his daughter on Prospect Street.

Dyess is the executive director of The Center: A Drop-in Community Learning and Resource Center Inc. where she has worked since 1996. She serves on the board of directors of Southeastern CT Community Land Trust and is the youth adviser for the Linwood Bland NAACP Youth Council. Dyess has previously served on the board of directors of FRESH New London and Writer’s Block and as an adviser for Hearing Youth Voices. Dyess is a grandmother and a mother of three adult children.

“While each candidate has their own set of policy priorities all three are united in the fight for working families, equitable economic development, education and making government more accessible to everyone in New London,” according to a press release from the candidates.

 

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