Democratic candidate for state representative in the 101ST House District, John-Michael Parker, has received the endorsement of former President Barack Obama.  The district covers Madison and Durham. He is one of only 6 CT state house candidates to have earned this distinction.  “It is an honor to receive the President’s endorsement, and I am humbled to know that he believes in our campaign and our fight for a stronger economy, quality public education and affordable healthcare for everyone,” said Parker. “This distinction is another incentive to work hard and give the people of Madison and Durham the type of representation they deserve. It is also a validation of the idea that a campaign built on hope and the possibility of change for a better future is still a powerful one in the United States—and, especially, here in Connecticut.”

Parker’s endorsement by Obama was announced through the national Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC). He is one of only a handful of Connecticut House candidates backed by the former president, who is also a former state legislator.  “We are excited to join forces with President Obama to highlight the amazing men and women like John-Michael Parker running in must-watch races for their state legislatures,” said DLCC Executive Director Jessica Post. “We stand united and will do everything we can to elect candidates like John-Michael who will stand up for democratic values and work to move our nation forward.”

Parker was born and raised in Madison, graduating with honors from Daniel Hand High School. He attended Yale University and graduated with a degree in neurobiology in 2010. He has worked as a science teacher, and helped start an education non-profit organization, The Future Project, that now serves over 25,000 students across the country.