Jahana Hayes is a lifelong resident of Connecticut, who is running to represent the 5th District. She is a former teacher at John F. Kennedy High School and currently serves as the Talent and Professional Development Supervisor for Waterbury Public Schools. She has dedicated herself to being of service in the city of Waterbury and has traveled the country engaging stakeholders on topics related to education and equity. Through her experiences, she has learned that many people face similar challenges; and she welcomes the opportunity to become a more well-rounded advocate in facing these challenges for the 5th District. Inspired by the people of her community, Jahana decided to run because she sees herself in every person she encounters; she sees their story as her own. If elected, Jahana wants to earn the trust of her constituency and be the person to carry their concerns to Washington.