Meet Senator Marilyn Moore

Marilyn is the only candidate with a proven track record of delivering results and fighting for the peoples’ interests. As an independent Democrat, 5-term State Senator, and lifelong Bridgeport resident, she is committed to building a Bridgeport that works for everyone. Senator Marilyn Moore is a mother, grandmother, former carpenter’s union member, corporate executive and fierce community advocate. She’s spent her life breaking through barriers naysayers told her were impossible, and opening doors for other women and people of color to live happy, healthy, successful lives. Born and raised in Bridgeport, Marilyn graduated from Bridgeport public schools, Housatonic Community College and the University of Bridgeport and never left the city she calls home. She raised her 3 children in the north end neighborhood and they also attended Bridgeport public schools. Her life is a testament to Nelson Mandela’s famous saying, “Everything is impossible until it is done.”
No stranger to hard work, Marilyn started her career as a cabinet maker at the Custom Hall factory where she became one of the first women to become a member of the local carpenters union. When the factory closed and she lost her job she found work with the Southern New England Telephone company (SNET), selling custom phones out of kiosks. As SNET’s first African American woman to do so, Marilyn was determined to work her way up. By the time she left the phone company she had successfully spearheaded their long distance and cellular divisions, managing over 100 employees and union members. Shifting from the corporate sector to advocacy and non-profits, Marilyn went to work for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, providers of high quality health care, education and reproductive health services. Through her leadership she fostered a culture within the organization that increased the programming for and visibility of women of color in Planned Parenthood’s marketing campaigns. Building on her work at Planned Parenthood, Marilyn was determined to bring more awareness to the disparate health outcomes of Black women. In 2002, she launched The Witness Project, a non-profit organization that provided education and resources to women battling breast cancer. The Witness Project served nearly 20,000 underserved women statewide. For her work she has received local and national attention garnering awards from The American Cancer Society, The National Council of Negro Women, Cigna, and the Avon Foundation.

MARILYN, FIGHTER FOR THE PEOPLE

Improving public health and safety, preventing youth gun violence, increasing the minimum wage, expanding healthcare, making housing more affordable, and fighting for racial justice and equity.

We need City Hall to focus on working for the people, not for politicians. Whether it’s improving government transparency, encouraging resident engagement, strengthening HR practices, or upgrading technology, we can make simple fixes that can have a big impact.
Public education is the heartbeat of our democracy. It’s one of the best tools we have for lifting people out of poverty. Every Bridgeport student deserves the same: The best teachers, resources that meet their needs, and school environments that are safe and welcoming.
Safe communities are well-resourced. We know that to strengthen public safety we must take a holistic approach to community health and well-being. This requires partnership and collaboration across many sectors including community-led prevention and intervention nonprofits, the police department, emergency responders, public health providers, state and municipal government, and social services.
Housing is a human right. All Bridgeporters deserve access to safe and affordable housing, but we know that our region and the country is in a crisis of unaffordability. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, rents have gone up and more people are facing evictions, making it difficult for everyday people to stay here. Bridgeport needs to grow our housing supply, while also protecting and maintaining our current housing stock
Bridgeport has everything we need to grow. We don’t have to raise taxes because our city has so much potential and real, unique assets. Yet, our economic growth is being held back by our reputation as a “pay to play” system. Bridgeport needs trusted leadership that will provide long-term stability in order to attract new businesses and private investment. We also need leadership that will support our diverse small business community, which is the heartbeat of our city.
Our strength lies in our diversity. Bridgeport is home to so many diverse peoples from all walks of life. From African-Americans who can trace their ancestry back to slavery to recent immigrants from the Americas, our city is a beautiful tapestry of cultural difference. Sadly, the history of the United States, Connecticut, and Bridgeport is full of examples of institutional racism, discrimination, and inequality. It’s time for the local government to focus on building tools for equity and inclusion.
Fighting for the people.
Armed with a desire to have an even greater impact on the health and well-being of women and the Bridgeport community, in 2014, Marilyn decided to run for office. She ran as an independent Democrat, challenging the political machine and won! She is the first African American woman to hold the seat that represents Trumbull, Monroe and parts of Bridgeport. She was sworn in on January 7, 2015. In her first year she spearheaded the legislation to increase the minimum wage in Connecticut to $15 an hour. To better understand the hardship faced by low-wage workers, Senator Moore took a job at Target and championed the Low-Wage Employer fee bill that led to the creation of the Low-Wage Employer Advisory Board. She also authored the original bill that addressed multi-generational poverty. That bill directly led to the state's Two Generational Initiative (2 Gen). Marilyn now chairs the 2 Gen Advisory Council, a parent advocate driven initiative that brings together community advocates, state legislators and scholars to develop solutions aimed at breaking generational poverty. In addition to her advocacy on breast cancer and ending generational poverty she is an active leader for social justice, ending gun violence and racial equity. She is an Ambassador for Food Solutions New England and a member of their Network Leadership team. The group seeks to build regional solutions to food sustainability in New England. Locally, Marilyn organized a coalition to address food equity and as a result the City of Bridgeport formed the Food Policy Council.
n 2019, Marilyn secured $1,000,000 to create the Bridgeport Youth Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Housed at the Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP) the task force brings together the Bridgeport Police Department, the State Police, Bridgeport Hospital, Fairfield University, Family Reentry, PT Partners, Connecticut Against Gun Violence, Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders, Bridgeport Generation Now, Street Safe Bridgeport, Moms Demand Action, and more. The task force is focused on research, data collection and evidence-based strategies for reducing youth gun violence. In 2022, Marilyn secured $2,000,000 for more than 20 Bridgeport-based nonprofits that provide youth services, job training, employment, education, and more. She then organized the 20 non-profits into a collaborative united around the goal of preventing youth gun violence. Additionally, with the assistance of community advocates, Marilyn composed the legislation that made the Connecticut State Commission on Gun Violence and Prevention under the authority of the Department of Public Health. A respected state senator, Marilyn currently serves as the chair of two of the most important committees in the senate, Housing and Bonding. She is the vice chair of Revenue, Finance and Bonding and a member of the Executive Nominations, Legislative Management and Interns committees. She is the former chair of Human Services, General Bonding, and vice-chair of Finance, Revenue and Bonding and member of the Childrens and Public Health committees. Additionally, she is co-chair of the Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative and the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls. Marilyn’s experience in the senate has shown her that being an honest broker for the people, standing up for democracy and building relationships, she can deliver real results for the people. She is ready and fully committed to bringing her work ethic, experience and reputation as a respected local and state leader home to Bridgeport so we can get things done. Marilyn currently lives in the Brooklawn neighborhood.

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