Hartford’s Mayor says he won’t be running for reelection

‘It’s time to pass the baton.’
Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin will not seek re-election
Published: Nov. 29, 2022 at 11:25 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 29, 2022 at 12:23 PM EST
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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - The current term will be the last for Hartford’s mayor.

Mayor Luke Bronin announced on Tuesday that he will not be running for reelection. A news conference was held at 11:30 a.m.:

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced on Tuesday that he will not be running for reelection.

“I’m so grateful for the chance to do work that I love for this city that I love for the last seven years,” Bronin said. “Together, we’ve made Hartford stronger. But today I’m announcing that I won’t be running for a third term next year. It’s time to pass the baton.”

He was sworn in as the 67th mayor of Hartford in January 2016 and was reelected to a second term in November of 2019.

“It was a very tough decision. It was a decision I wrestled with for a very long time,” said Bronin.

The mayor reflected on some of the challenges his administration faced as he came into office.

“We have taken the city of Hartford together from near bankruptcy, solvency to stability and into growth,” Bronin said.

Bronin said he’s proud of the work his administration has done to invest in the city’s youth and improve infrastructure.

“I am going to miss Mayor Bronin, he can be tough when he needs to be but also very compassionate and those are excellent qualities in leadership,” said Hartford City Council President Maly Rosado.

In a statement Governor Ned Lamont said:

With one year left in office, Bronin said he plans to continue helping small businesses recover from the effects of the pandemic.

He also wants to keep promoting home ownership in the city and focus on economic development projects downtown.

As for what the mayor will do next, he said he doesn’t know, but still has a year to figure it out.

See Bronin’s social media announce about here: