Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has filed the papers to run for mayor in 2011. Segarra made the announcement during an exclusive interview on “Face the State” this morning.
When Segarra took over the scandal plagued city following Eddie Perez’s corruption conviction and subsequent resignation, he said he had no plans to run next year because the city was in such bad shape, and he didn’t want to take away from the work at hand. Segarra told me he changed his mind because he wanted to send the message to investors and CEOs that if the voters will have him, he’ll continue to be the man at the helm.
Segarra’s bold approach to running the city has led to several accomplishments in a short amount of time. The anti-business attitude of the Perez administration led to the loss of companies, jobs, and put the city in the state of inertia. Segarra told me one of his top priorities has been economic development, which will create jobs.
There are two other declared candidates in the 2011 race for mayor: Attorney Shawn Wooden, a Democrat, and J. Stan McCauley, who ran as a Republican in 2007, but is now running as a Democrat.
In case you missed the interview we will have the story tonight on Eyewitness News, and the interview will be on wfsb.com tomorrow