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Candidates gear up for final weekend of campaigning

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Candidates gear up for final weekend of campaigning (WFSB) Candidates gear up for final weekend of campaigning (WFSB)

This weekend will be the last to campaign for candidates, as the November election is just four days away.

It is mostly local races this year, however voters in three big Connecticut cities will be electing a new mayor, like Hartford.

Last November’s election was a black eye for the city, as voters came to the polls only to find there weren’t enough ballots.

Since then, big changes have been made.

The cities three registrar of voters didn’t get the ballots out on time, and some voters left without casting their ballots.

City councilors tried to oust registrars from office, only to learn that they couldn’t because they are elected.

Now there are new laws that require registrars to be certified, have annual training and the secretary of the state can suspend and even have a registrar removed if they fail to do their job.

To keep things running smoothly this election, Hartford has been given a monitor.

“Helping with the communication between the registrars, making sure they are ready to go on Election Day,” said Secretary of the State Communications Director Av Harris.

Anyone who hasn’t registered to vote can do so on Election Day at Hartford City Hall.

Democrat Luke Bronin is a newcomer who beat incumbent Mayor Pedro Segarra in the primary, and is expected to win.

"I don't take anything for granted - we've been running hard for the past six weeks and run hard for the next four days,” Bronin said.

Joel Cruz decided to trade in his seat on the city council to run for mayor. He is Hartford born and raised and knows crime is a big issue in the city.

"Leaders have come and gone and they always use violence as a soundbite - we really need to look at what the root cause is - a lot of youth in city have no jobs,” Cruz said.

Ted Cannon is the republican candidate and said he feels given some of the problems facing the city, like crime, poverty and high taxes, it’s time for a change.

"We’ve had a one party rule for darn near half a century now - and it’s obviously working very well,” Cannon said.

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