The Governor’s race still may be unsettled, but campaign 2011 got underway earlier today. Attorney Shawn Wooden filed the papers to become a candidate for mayor of Hartford in the election of 2011. A formal campaign announcement is not expected until early next year.
Wooden told me he has been encouraged for some time by many people to run. The West End Democrat shared with me his primary reasons for running: economic development and public safety. It is no surprise development is one of Wooden’s top priorities. From his law office at Day Pitney he has seen first hand the exodus of businesses and jobs from downtown lost during the Perez years.
Last month, Wooden spoke to Mayor Pedro Segarra about his plans. Segarra is still undecided about whether he will run. J. Stan McCauley, who lost to Eddie Perez in 2007 as a Republican, has left his party and is running as a Democrat.
The 41 year old Wooden is an alum of Trinity College and NYU Law.