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Endorsed Democratic Candidate Luke Bronin Talks Education, Crime with Residents


By Ann-Marie Mesquita, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Two days after the  Hartford Democratic Town Committee endorsed Luke Bronin for mayor, he made a stop at his Albany Avenue campaign office to discuss crime, education and jobs with city residents.

“Hartford wants a Mayor who’s working every single day to make our neighborhoods stronger and safer, who’s fighting for jobs and for economic opportunity for Hartford residents, and who gets back to the basics of delivering city services on every street,” Bronin said in a release to the press. “We need a mayor who’s hands-on and who does the hard things, so that Hartford can become the great city we all know it can be.”

Bronin received 49 votes from the committee after incumbent Pedro Segarra walked out of the nominating convention before the vote Monday night, saying he “will not lend himself to a process” that selected him when he ran for mayor in 2012.

“There comes a moment in one’s life when you must stand up for what is right and walk away from what is wrong. Tonight was one of those moments,” Segarra said in a statement to the press. “I chose not to accept the nomination of the Democratic Town Committee because I am in this race for the people of Hartford and not the politics.”

Bronin and Segarra faced off at Bulkeley High School auditorium but left before the vote. And his supporters abstained from voting–shouting “four more years” for the incumbent mayor.

Segarra said he has been a resident of Hartford for 41 years.  He replaced former Mayor Eddie Perez in 2010 and was elected to a full term in 2012. Segarra said he will gather petition signatures to qualify for the Sept. 16 primary.

Bronin is a Yale Law School graduate and former legal adviser to Gov. Dannel Malloy.

A relatively new comer to the city, Bronin said he was honored to receive the nomination.

Photo courtesy of www. inagist.com.

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Hartford Democratic Town Committee Elections Cloaked With Malaise


HARTFORD — Forget the national Republican “Super Tuesday.”

On March 6, the local Democratic Town Committee election will give a new meaning to Tip O’Neill’s often-quoted phrase: “All politics is local.”

That’s because Hartford will hold a crucial Committee election. But very few city residents will participate.

Reasons are plenty. But one thing is sure to be among the causes. The existing committee members and their hangers-on have taken steps to guard information about the crucial districting changes and preparations leading up to Tuesday’s election.

Widely acknowledged as a political ploy, they use scant and last-minute advertisements to give the appearance of community outreach in every corner of the city. The goal is to dampen voter turnout.

If the purpose is to promote a vibrant and engaged community, this kind of political trickery used by self-serving individuals in the community must end.  Civic engagement can only be achieved when so-called community leaders decide to be inclusive for the public good and work to educate and motivate city voters.

The DTC’s election is arguable one of  the most important elections in the city. It is so because town committee members recruit candidates for mayor, city council, treasurer and other elected town official.

But the DTC in Hartford has been largely silent and ineffective in promoting civic engagement. Critics say the current committee members comprise of dysfunctional, xenophobic and parochial residents, who are a part of two factions with grudges that can be traced back to the 1970s. With the outser of their political enemy, former Mayor Eddie Perez, the other faction now has control of city hall.

But alas, there seems to be no end to this malaise fostered by a few of the 66-member committee, seeking to hold on to perceived political power that gives them an opportunity to bargain for jobs and special funding for their nonprofit programs. Truth be told, that is the nature of politics.

But what is not natural nor acceptable is the mechanism used to exclude a majority of city residents from the process.

We hope that the new faces vying for seats on the committee succeed in their endeavor, so that Hartford can see change from the bottom up and cease to be a city cloaked with political paralysis.

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