Eva Bermudez Zimmerman
Eva Bermudez Zimmerman
|Democratic candidate for|
The Democratic Party's Nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
|Born||June 9, 1987|
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Education||Interamerican University of Puerto Rico|
Eva Bermudez Zimmerman (born June 9th, 1987) is a community activist, former elected municipal official, labor organizer, and current candidate seeking the Democratic Party's nomination to run for Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut.. Zimmerman went into the convention just three days after declaring her run for Lieutenant Governor, she surprised at the state party convention and received 40% of the delegates. Eva Bermudez Zimmerman will go up against Susan Bysiewicz in Connecticut's August 14th primary for the Democratic nomination.
Eva Bermúdez Zimmerman was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. Eva is the daughter of parents who migrated to Hartford from Puerto Rico. Growing up she had parents who were strong activists. When she was nearing two years old she became a plaintiff in the landmark school desegregation case Sheff v. O'Neill. The court ruled that, "the state had an affirmative obligation to provide Connecticut's school children with a substantially equal educational opportunity...the Court further concluded that school districting based upon town and city boundary lines are unconstitutional". Zimmerman's family lived in the South End of Hartford. Her father, Pedro, served in the military and became a teacher. He taught at a school in Hartford's North End. This was during a time in which that community saw violence that was drug and gang related. Eva remembers losing friends to the violence that plauged Hartford during the years of her youth. Her mother, Carmen, owned and operated a local business located in New Britain, Connecticut that made wedding and Quinceanera cakes
Eva attended a regional magnet school, one that was setup in response to the Sheff v. O'Neill verdict. During her time in school she loved learning, finding passions in engineering, debate, and science. Zimmerman finished high school early at age 16. After high school Zimmerman was selected by Rotary International to go on a humanitarian service project that would bring her to the Favelas of Brazil. During this time she became fluent in Portuguese. Growing up in a bilingual community she became fluent in Spanish as well. Her time in Brazil lead her to a career in activism. A activist career that has fought against poverty, for a wider access to healthcare, and labor rights.
Zimmerman received her undergraduate degree from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.
Eva currently lives with her husband, Stacy Zimmerman, in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
After graduating college, Eva received the prestigious Cordova Fernos Fellowship with Congressmen Charles Rangel of New York. During her time on the hill she worked on the Stimulus bill. After her time in D.C. she returned to Connecticut and became the campaign manager for Edwin Vargas's successful State Representative campaign. During her time as an organizer Zimmerman worked on and managed several state representative and a state senate campaign. In 2012 Eva organized for the Obama reelection campaign in Nevada.
In 2015, she was granted the honor of being named by Connecticut's General Assembly as the state's Latina Citizen of the year. Earning this honor was in part for her efforts where she helped over 5,000 Connecticut residents sign up for health insurance. Zimmerman held office on the Newtown legislative council. In 2016, Eva ran unsuccessfully for state representative in Newtown.
- Altimari, Daniela. "Who Is Eva Bermudez Zimmerman? A Fresh Face With A History Of Activism".
- Delaney, Stephen Brecker, "Sheff vs. O'Neill, Connecticut's landmark desegregation case" (2000). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI3000304. https://scholarworks.umass.edu/dissertations/AAI3000304
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