MIDDLETOWN \u2014 Democratic Middletown Councilman and National Administrator of the Year Anthony Mangiafico has entered the race for the 13th Senate District. \u201cI am running today because I have the experience and the background necessary to start working for the people of the 13th District on Day One,\u201d Mangiafico said in a prepared statement. \u201cOver the past three years, I have worked in a bipartisan manner to cut the mill rate, work on developing our beautiful riverfront, creating the Anti-Racism Taskforce and LGBTQIA+ Commission, and overseeing charter revision,\u201d he added. Mangiafico said he understands the concerns of families who have seen their children \u201csuffer\u201d through the pandemic over the past two years. \u201cI was right there with every other family in 2020 with my girls ages 7 and 9, and working from home,\u201d Mangiafico said in the news release. \u201cI saw the mental and emotional toll the past two years have taken on kids and local businesses.\u201d Councilwoman Jeanette Blackwell endorsed Mangiafico, saying he has a \u201cproven track record as a strong leader both professionally and civically. He serves on the Common Council with integrity and commitment.\u201d His top priorities will be on lowering the tax burden on the working class, funding pension liabilities, strengthening unions, equitable funding for schools, supporting police departments, continuing to fight racism and discrimination, and protecting women\u2019s rights, the statement said. Mangiafico is principal of East Hartford Adult & Continuing Education, and the first in his family to go to college. In 2018, he earned a doctorate from UConn. In 2021, he became president of the Connecticut Association for Adult & Continuing Education. Council Majority Leader Gene Nocera will serve as Mangiafico\u2019s treasurer.