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Party Names New Executive Director

Jenna Carlesso

March 06, 2012

Lindsay Farrell was named Monday as the new executive director of The Connecticut Working Families Party, replacing Jon Green.

Green, who had been executive director since the party's inception a decade ago, announced last month that he was leaving to take a job with the national party.

Farrell, 31, joined the state's Working Families Party in 2007 as a community organizer and has been political director since 2008. She was offered the party's top job Friday.

Green said Farrell has been instrumental in advocating for the issues and candidates that the party supports.

"She's an example of someone who got involved in this organization at the entry level and proved every step of the way that she's hard-working and passionate and could take on a leadership role," Green said Monday. "I'm really proud and excited about the job she's going to do."

Farrell, a Rhode Island native, worked previously with the Working Families Party in New York and on campaigns for New York Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins and former New York Sen. Craig Johnson.

In Connecticut, she has helped the Working Families Party canvass homes on behalf of candidates and issues it supports, has lobbied for paid sick legislation and advocated for raising the state's minimum wage.

"It's a big job, but I'm excited," Farrell said Monday. "In today's day and age, where a lot of folks are frustrated with the seeming dysfunction between the two parties, we have an opportunity to get the working families' message out and make sure they earn a decent wage, have affordable housing and health care and food to put on the table."

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