Mayor Luke Bronin: I Don't Expect To Run For Governor

Mayor Luke Bronin said he probably won’t run for governor in the upcoming race, which has drawn dozens of interested candidates but no front-runners.

“Right now I don’t expect that that’s something I’m going to do,” Bronin, a Democrat, said in an interview with The Courant.

“I am focused on being able to tell everybody in the city of Hartford and everybody who we’re seeking to get to invest in the city of Hartford that we’ve gotten the city on a sustainable path.

“I’ve got a lot of work left to do here,” he said.

Several people, including Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew, Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst and former federal prosecutor Christopher Mattei, have announced their intention to seek the state’s top job.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and House Republican Leader Themis Klarides have yet to disclose their plans, but pressure has mounted on the women since the state budget situation was resolved last month.

For most would-be candidates, time is running short to raise campaign cash, collect town committee endorsements, assemble a team and sharpen policy positions. The gubernatorial election is Nov. 6, 2018.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is finishing his second term, said in April that he would not run for re-election.

Bronin, 38, was elected mayor in 2015, after beating incumbent Pedro Segarra in the Democratic primary. The Greenwich native was painted as an outsider and a carpetbagger, but was able to raise more than $1 million in his first major bid for elected office.

Since taking over in January 2016, he has turned his attention to the city’s rocky finances, pressing state leaders for more aid and warning that Hartford could file for bankruptcy amid Connecticut’s budget gridlock.

With the adoption of a state budget last month, Bronin said he is now focused on hammering out a debt assistance plan that puts Hartford on firmer footing. The state has agreed to assume some of the city’s debt payments, and will place Hartford under an oversight board.

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