HARTFORD — For most of his life, Luke Bronin has built a dazzling resume.
The 36-year-old son of a doctor and a former teacher, Greenwich-raised and prep school-educated, Bronin attended Yale University, won a Rhodes Scholarship, joined the Navy Reserve and deployed to Afghanistan, went to work as an attorney in Hartford's insurance industry, and served in federal and state agencies, most recently as a top aide to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
Now he's gambling that decorated profile on a chance to lead a city whose problems and political grind have crippled past administrations.
"This is a job where dreams can go to die," John Kennelly, a former Hartford city...