Mayoral Candidates’ Forum at Trinity Covers Array of Issues

Slideshow: Trinity Collaborates with NRZs, Democratic Town Committee in Hosting Event

Hartford, CT, June 12, 2015 – Six candidates for mayor were joined by scores of Hartford residents for a wide-ranging discussion of issues in Mather Hall’s Washington Room on Thursday evening. The forum was co-sponsored by Hartford’s Democratic Town Committee’s 6th District and the South End Neighborhood Revitalization (NRZ) Committees.

In attendance were Democratic candidates Luke Bronin, John Gale, Robert Killian, and Mayor Pedro Segarra, as well as independent candidates Joel Cruz, Jr., and Giselle Jacobs. Republican Ted Cannon was invited but did not attend. The forum was moderated by Lew Brown, former NBC Connecticut reporter and a lifelong Hartford resident (pictured on homepage).

On Trinity’s campus, Gale and Segarra were both sure to mention the blue-and-gold ties they wore for the occasion.

“It will be a welcome sight to see Trinity become a part of the lifeblood of the city downtown,” Gale said of Trinity’s purchase of 200 Constitution Plaza. Segarra added that he looks forward to continued collaboration with Trinity on educational initiatives, youth athletic activities, and increasing homeownership in Hartford.

Questions were asked by members of the audience and submitted in writing to be asked by the moderator. Among the topics covered were property taxes and the city budget, development, education, opportunities for ex-offenders, the Downtown North baseball stadium, customer service at city hall, homelessness, blight and zoning violations, and creating jobs for Hartford residents.

More coverage of the forum is available from the Hartford Courant, WNPR, and Real Hartford. The forum was also recorded and available to view on