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Mayoral candidates face off during debate in Hartford

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Candidates vying to become Hartford’s next mayor met for another debate on Tuesday night.

It was held at the Church of the Good Shepherd in the Coltsville section of the city.

The debate primarily focused on arts and culture.

However, one of the topics discussed was a rise in violence. Nearly two dozen homicides have been reported in 2015.

The candidates, including Mayor Pedro Segarra’s primary challenger, offered differing views on crime.

"There is no question, the biggest obstacle to us becoming the cultural and artistic hub that we ought to be is the perception that Hartford is unsafe,” said Luke Bronin, the Democratic candidate for Mayor. “So we need to be focused like a laser in making sure that we make our streets safer and neighborhoods stronger."

The president for the Hartford city council, Shawn Wooden, threw his support behind Bronin.

“We need someone who can lead the city, move it forward and take the steps we all believe are necessary to get Hartford working again,” Wooden said in a statement.

Segarra responded to the endorsement.

“No election is ever decided by endorsements,” he said. “The outcome of this primary will be decided only by Hartford’s hard-working Democrats.”

The primary for the mayoral race is set for next month.

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