The hottest race in Campaign ’07 is the race for mayor of Hartford.
Mayor Eddie Perez is running for a third term and is being challenged by several of his fellow Democrats and one Republican. At least five of the Democrats running in the primary on Sept. 10 are vowing to run as independents if they lose the primary.
Back in 1993, Mike Peters lost the primary to Mayor Carrie Saxon Perry, but he beat her in the election and became mayor.
The Republican this year, J. Stan McCauley, is running unopposed in his party, so he is already campaigning for the general election. He faces an historic uphill battle: Democrats have controlled City Hall since 1971. The last Republican elected mayor was Ann Uccello, who was elected in 1967 and re-elected in ’69.
This has been the most interesting race in the Capital City in years. Among the candidates include two state representatives, a broadcaster, a former mayor, and a former deputy mayor.
Plenty of mudslinging and name calling has gone around. Campaign signs dot front lawns from the mansions on Prospect Avenue to the brownstones in SoDo to the triple deckers in the South End. Almost every night, candidates are going door to door, stoop to stoop, meeting voters.
But this campaign is also taking place in the suburbs and beyond where the impact of this election will also be felt. Hartford is, of course, the Capital City and taxpayers all over the state are helping with the renaissance. Thousands of people from all corners of Connecticut work in the city every day, some at the corporations in the skyscrapers, others come to the hospitals, schools, cultural attractions and so on. Developers from New Haven, New London, Old Lyme and Greenwich are among the people investing big bucks in new housing and other projects in Hartford. That’s why so many people care about this year’s election. Not to mention, there are plenty of donors from outside the city limits helping fund the candidates.
I’d like to hear what you think.
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