WEST HARTFORD — Longtime West Hartford resident Alberto Cortes officially announced recently in an email that he will seek the Republican nomination to run for state representative in the 20th District (Elmwood and Park Road neighborhoods). Alberto, along with his wife Jessica, and two sons have lived in this district for over 20 years.
Originally from Hartford, Al brings a unique perspective and impressive background to the 20th race. In 2019 he retired from the State Department of Corrections after a more than 20 year career as a corrections officer. During that time he served as a steward for his local union 387 and he also spent six years serving with the Connecticut Army National Guard.
Al cites not only this long record of service to the public but also his family as to his decision to run for this seat. “ I am running because as a lifelong CT resident I am concerned with the fiscal reality in the state and the impact it’s having on families in our district. I will be an advocate for our residents and will fight to ensure our town receives its share of state aid and in a timely manner. I will also make public safety a priority, since recent misguided policy has resulted in increasingly frequent risks to the safety of our neighbors. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you and hope to earn your vote to give the 20th the leadership and engagement it needs and deserves”.
Since retiring, Al has remained active in the community, serving on the Church Council of the West Hartford United Methodist Church, a member of the West Hartford Veterans Affairs Committee, as well as volunteering with the Hartford Marathon Foundation.