Merrill Gay

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Merrill Gay
Member of the New Britain Board of Education
Assumed office
March 26, 2014
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Richardson
Children Vivian Gay
Gregory "Greg" Gay
Alma mater Clark University (BA)
Southern New Hampshire University (MS)

Merrill Gay is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who serves on the New Britain Board of Education. A candidate for Mayor of New Britain, he was appointed to the Board in 2014 and subsequently won the election in 2015.[1]


Gay received his BA in Government from Clark University and his master's from New Hampshire College, now Southern New Hampshire University.

Early career and Board of Education[edit]

Gay became the executive director of the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance in 2013 after having served in the same role at the Coalition for New Britain's Children.[2] He was appointed to a vacant seat on the school board on March 26 of the next year before being elected to a four-year term in 2015.[3]

Gay is the treasurer of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding[4] and was a plaintiff in the landmark Connecticut case CCJEF v. Rell, in which the state's education funding formula was found unconstitutional. [5][6]

2017 mayoral race[edit]

On February 28, 2017, Gay announced that he had formed an exploratory committee to begin raising money and then declared his candidacy for mayor on April 24.[7][8]

He is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination to face incumbent Republican Erin Stewart and was endorsed by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and Connecticut's two senators in June.[9][10] The Democratic Town Committee will decide its endorsement on July 20.[11] Elections will be held on November 7.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Gay is married to Mary Richardson. Their two children, Vivian and Greg, both attended New Britain High School.


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External links[edit]

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  • ^ "Staff - CT Early Childhood Alliance". Retrieved 2017-07-14. 
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  • ^ "Judge strikes down state education aid choices as ‘irrational’ | The CT Mirror". Retrieved 2017-07-15. 
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  • ^ "New Britain Herald - Merrill Gay sets event to announce run for mayor". Retrieved 2017-07-14. 
  • ^ "New Britain Herald - Congressional Democrats back Merrill Gay in local race". Retrieved 2017-07-14. 
  • ^ "New Britain Democratic Mayoral Candidate Emerges To Challenge Erin Stewart - Hartford Courant". Retrieved 2017-07-14. 
  • ^ is the executive director of the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance
  • ^ "New Britain Herald - Merrill Gay sets event to announce run for mayor". Retrieved 2017-07-15.