First African American elected for minority leader of Republican caucus in Manchester


MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) – News 8 is your election headquarters. On Monday night, Manchester Mayor Jay Moran, a Democrat, will be sworn in with the rest of the newly elected officials.

Moran was re-elected with more than 10 percent of the votes. Democrats hold a majority of six to three on the Board of Directors.

For the first time in town history, an African American person has been elected to be the minority leader of the Republican caucus.

News 8 introduced you to Jacqueline Crespan earlier this year. Crespan earned her seat by garnering more than six percent of the vote.

“I had to pinch myself because I wasn’t thinking about it until somebody did remind me that I’m the first immigrant, the first everything,” Crespan explained. “I believe the first Black person of my party that will be the minority leader in town so it’s wonderful.”

Crespan is a first-generation immigrant to come to the United States from Ghana. She will represent the Republican minority, along with Peter Conyers and Brian Marois.

CORRECTION: Jacqueline Crespan is the first African American to be elected minority leader of the Republican caucus in the town’s history. News 8 originally reported she was the first African American to be elected to a seat on the board. Director Pamela Floyd-Cranford became the first African American elected to serve on the board in 2017.

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