Geraldo Reyes Jr., a resident for 55 years, was elected to the Connecticut General Assembly on April 26, 2016 in a special election representing the 75th Assembly District of Waterbury.

He has a strong record of involvement in the community and has dedicated his career to the advancement of the people of Waterbury. As a testament to his devotion to the city and its residents, Geraldo developed and planned “The Gathering” – a multi-cultural festival, celebrating a wide array of cultures, art, music and over 80 nationalities. He also played a pivotal role in bringing the semi-pro football team, the Brass City Brawlers, to Waterbury. In 2015, the football team was National Champion in defeating Michigan in the Single A game at Deland, Fla., Waterbury’s first Championship team.

He is a member of the Greater Waterbury NAACP Executive Board, the Neighborhood Housing Services Executive Board, the Loyola Development Executive Board, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury Executive Board, and the Salsa, Inc. Board of Directors.

Mr. Reyes has received countless community service awards, including: the Waterbury Observer’s Best Community Activist in both 2014 and 2015; LUPA’s 2014 Top 50 Most Influential Latinos in Connecticut; CT Parent Power’s 2014 Parent and Community Service Award; and Madre Latina’s 2014 Hispanic Community Leader Award.

Geraldo graduated from Crosby High School and Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technology Management. He also holds an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Technology from Waterbury State Technical College.

Geraldo currently has partnered with The Waterbury Observer and resides with his wife, Hilda, in Waterbury.