Race for Hartford's mayor heats up after endorsement - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Race for Hartford's mayor heats up after endorsement

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Luke Bronin and Mayor Pedro Segarra face off for democratic nomination for mayor (WFSB) Luke Bronin and Mayor Pedro Segarra face off for democratic nomination for mayor (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

On Monday evening, politics in Hartford changed in an instant.

Newcomer Luke Bronin got the endorsement from the Democratic Party, which means current Mayor Pedro Segarra will have to start collecting signatures to get on the primary ballot.

Segarra said Bronin is an outsider who doesn’t deserve to be mayor, but Bronin said that is just a distraction.

On Monday evening, at the Democratic Convention, Segarra walked out before the votes started.

"I came to the point where I felt I had to do the right thing,” Segarra said.

Bronin, who is an attorney, ended up being the one who got the endorsement.

He has lived in Hartford for 10 years and is from Greenwich.

He attended expensive private schools and was also able to raise over $600,000 for his campaign in a short period of time.

"I've been blessed to have some opportunity but I’ve also worked very hard,” Bronin said.

However, Segarra said Bronin has little connection to the community.

“The fact that you have very little connection to a community (and) you choose to be its leader --- is not in the best interest in the people,” Segarra said.

Bronin said the election should be about issues like taxes and crime.

"This whole argument about change ---the mayor lives on the most privileged expensive street in the city --- behind a big iron gate in a beautiful mansion --- it’s a silly argument -- we are talking about the wrong things,” Bronin said.

Political Analyst Kevin Rennie said Bronin’s endorsement “shows how desperate they are not to have Pedro Segarra be mayor for another term."

Bronin is on the ballot for the Sept. 16 primary. Then it is up to the democratic voters in Hartford to decide.

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