On Sunday, Oct. 28, WFSB will air a special one-hour edition of Face the State. It will be a forum of all six candidates running for mayor of Hartford in an election that not only impacts residents of the city, but people in all corners of the state and beyond — even as far away as Amsterdam.
Donations to the campaigns are coming from beyond the city line. They are coming from people who live in suburbia and beyond, who own businesses in the city, companies and corporations who employee thousands of people, many of whom don’t live in Hartford.
The next mayor will have to recruit developers to build on the acres of vacant lots that have become eyesores. These lots used to be filled with buildings that were torn down in the 80s and 90s for developments that never happened. Speaking of eyesores, the next mayor will have to take action to get rid of the Clarion/Summit/Sonesta hotel that has been vacant since the mid 90s, the butt-ugly building, and the hideous mess that overlooks I-84 on Spring Street.
The next mayor will have to put pressure on landlords who have let their properties decay.
The next mayor will have to work with the folks at Northland and state officials to restore a major league sports team in Connecticut.
The next mayor will have to take advantage of the new non-stop flights to Amsterdam from Bradley to encourage investment from the Netherlands in your Capital City.
This is the most important mayoral election in Hartford in decades, and we would like to hear your comments.
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