New Haven’s director of Public Health announces exploratory committee for Secretary of the State

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – On Wednesday, New Haven’s Director of Public Health formally announced her exploratory committee for statewide office for the upcoming 2022 election season.

Maritza Bond is New Haven’s current Director of Public Health and the former Bridgeport Health Director.

WATCH: New Haven’s Director of Public Health announces exploratory committee for Secretary of the State at press conference at Criscuolo Park

At a press conference on Wednesday, Bond announced she will be running for Secretary of the State. This comes as the current Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced she would not be running for reelection.

Bond said she is considered a newcomer to politics but is known as a lifelong public servant.

“I am so grateful to have the support of some of the strongest leaders in our community. As I make this announcement to explore statewide office, I am reminded of the long path it took me to get where I am at. It all began for me here, right in Fair Haven. I want this exploratory committee to be an inspiration for all young girls, all Latinos and Latinas, and all young people across the state to never hold back from your dreams and aspirations,” said Maritza Bond in a statement. 

Former New Haven Mayor and longtime State Senator Toni Harp is extending support to Bond.

Harp said in part, “Due to her history of outstanding public service, I have every confidence that Maritza Bond will be a State leader who will make sure that Connecticut is known for its access to the basic right of freedom in the Democratic Republic: the vote.”

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