Milford Alderman Bryan Anderson formally announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination in Connecticut’s 3rd Congressional District against Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.

Anderson said in his announcement on the steps of Milford City Hall, “I run not out of hubris or ego, but with a firm desire to make a difference and a firm commitment to serve. These times call for more of us who recognize the challenges to seize the opportunity and be willing to stand for change. I am that change agent.”

Anderson covered why he was running in his formal announcement, highlighting three issues.

Anderson believes health care is a right. Moving beyond employer mandates and uneven health insurance coverages, America needs to embrace its daughters and sons who deserve real health care coverage.

In a country where innocent babies are born with acute medical maladies, where increasing numbers of adults need long term care and with profound compassion for family members who can’t afford their prescription drug costs, Americans deserve to have peace-of-mind in an accessible, stable and affordable model that covers everyone. Bryan will fight for Health Care for All and will co-sponsor the Conyers bill, HR 676, the House version of Medicare for All.

“Afghanistan has become America’s longest war with seemingly no end in sight,” Anderson said. “Our prolonged involvement has led to mission creep and an interchangeable enemy. And while it is America’s longest war, it has long ceased from being America’s war focus.”

In his call to end the war, Anderson said, “We need to cut our losses, negotiate for power-sharing and set a strategy for the rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops.”

Anderson claims to be a strong proponent of public infrastructure funding and economic development investments that create jobs. The Pearl Harbor Bridge (Q River) was planned 27 years ago. What is the next project for our region?

It takes vision, bringing cooperating parties to the table, and leadership to fight for jobs that pay decent wages and recognize labor project agreements,” Anderson said.

He has worked for the Congressional Clearinghouse on Women’s Rights, the White House, the United States Senate and U.S. House, and the Connecticut State Senate.

A strong proponent of Health Care for All, Anderson helped Dixwell and New Haven residents overcome the scourge of drug addiction, assisted young mothers and their children in strengthening their family bonds, and was an adoption advocate for childless individuals and couples. Anderson has worked with many people who have been marginalized within society and need a leg up.

At age 46, Anderson was selected as a Teaching Fellow for NYC, teaching hundreds of children at PS 47 in the Bronx over fifteen years. He has been an elected official and respected union leader with United Federation of Teachers, NYSUT, and the American Federation of Teachers. His father, Tom, was a three-term Hamden Selectman and mother, Justine, a long-term Town of Hamden employee, and community and political activist.

Anderson plans to kick off his campaign by touring the 3rd Congressional District.