Raghib Allie-Brennan is a Democratic candidate running to bring renewed energy and fresh ideas to Connecticut’s 2nd Assembly District.

Raghib is a hardworking Connecticut native who loves his community and cares deeply about our families and towns. His father immigrated to Queens, NY from Guyana and Raghib was raised in Bethel, where he currently resides. His father worked multiple jobs to support his family and built a successful IT company based in Connecticut. That work ethic and commitment to perseverance were instilled in Raghib at a very early age.

I’m running for State Representative for three reasons: 1) to support small businesses and help fix our budget crisis, 2) to stand up for public education, and 3) to invest in Connecticut’s green energy future.

As a former Congressional adviser in the U.S. House of Representatives, Raghib developed deep policy knowledge on energy and environmental issues, emergency response, Foreign Policy and civil rights. He has drafted environmental protection legislation that received bipartisan support, served as a lead staffer in efforts to secure Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding, and has testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights regarding environmental justice issues.

In 2015, Raghib returned home to Bethel, and began setting out to find ways to give back to his community. He ran as the Democratic candidate for State Representative in Connecticut’s 2nd District, losing by a small margin in a Republican stronghold during the wave of 2016.

Raghib was not discouraged by his electoral loss and has, in fact, redoubled his efforts and commitment to his community, finding new ways to engage in important causes. He is an active board member for three Connecticut organizations: the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, Triangle Community Center in Norwalk, and Vice President of the HERO Project which brings awareness and resources to the opioid epidemic in the Danbury area. He also lends his support to organizations and causes in other parts of the state and works with various groups such as Action Together CT.

In addition to his extensive community and organizational commitments, Raghib successfully maintains a demanding day job helping small businesses secure grants and loans from the Department of Economic and Community Development at the firm Pastore & Dailey LLC in Stamford.

Recently, Raghib has led an effort to ban fracking waste in his hometown of Bethel. With a strong commitment to working in a bipartisan manner, Raghib was able to secure support from Republican State Representative Steve Harding. His ability to work across the aisle in building productive coalitions are qualities he would bring to his service in Hartford.

Raghib graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies. Upon graduating, he interned for Congresswoman Esty, whom he still considers a mentor and friend.

With years of hard work and community service under his belt, Raghib believes that now is the time for new voices, new perspectives and new ideas in Hartford. He wants to keep our towns moving forward and bring bold, energetic, and vibrant leadership to the people of the 2nd District.