Jonathan Pelto has been actively involved in Connecticut public policy, advocacy and electoral politics for nearly 40 years.
In 1984 he was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives as a senior at the University of Connecticut and, over five terms, rose to the level of Deputy Majority Leader. Pelto was a long-time member of the Appropriations and Education Committee and chaired the House Democratic Screening Committee.
Since leaving the Legislature in 1993, he’s worked as a communications strategist developing and implementing sophisticated public relations, media relations and advocacy programs aimed at educating, persuading and mobilizing targeted audiences. His clients have included many of Connecticut’s most significant non-profit organizations, corporations, associations and unions, as well as Native American Tribes.
Over the years he’s also managed or worked on numerous political campaigns at the federal, state and local levels including campaigns Chris Dodd, Gary Hart, Connecticut gubernatorial and congressional campaigns and many state legislative races.
Pelto is now a candidate for governor in Connecticut running as the nominee of the newly created Education and Democracy Party. Pelto’s running mate is Ebony Murphy, a school teacher and policy activist who lives in Hartford, Connecticut.