Category: elections

Mayoral Campaign 2015: Pedro Segarra (Incumbent)

By , March 19, 2015 8:41 am

Real Hartford inquired with Mayor Segarra’s campaign manager on March 12. We received no response. We asked again on March 15 and were told we would hear back. Our deadline was noon on March 18, 2015.


Mayoral Campaign 2015: John Gale

John Gale was at Max Bibo’s early, having a pistachio muffin and a coffee. The New York Times was on the table, folded. He put his phone aside, but did answer when one of his daughters called and told her she’d be getting that call returned later. Continue reading 'Mayoral Campaign 2015: John Gale'»

Mayoral Campaign 2015: Joel Cruz, Jr.

Joel Cruz, Jr. walks into Mozzicato’s on a Monday afternoon, immediately greeting waitstaff in a way that suggests this is not his first time here. He apologizes to me for being late by four minutes; it’s early rush hour, when being late by four minutes is the equivalent of arriving early. He orders a water, and when pressed, a giant slice of cake. He never takes his phone out once. Continue reading 'Mayoral Campaign 2015: Joel Cruz, Jr.'»

Coming Soon: Interviews with Mayoral Candidates

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By , March 18, 2015 1:00 pm

Later this week Real Hartford will publish the series of pieces resulting from interviews with the serious mayoral candidates.

What is considered serious?

That does not mean having the backing of a party, clout, or fundraising prowess. It’s simple: the individual has announced that he — and so far, only men are participating — is running for mayor and his campaign has online representation, whether it be a website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

“Candidates” who have not yet announced and are only rumored to be running do not give the impression that they have the basic decision-making skills necessary for the job.

We invited candidates to be in touch with Real Hartford, and some who are only rumored to be running, did not make contact then.

What is the process?

When we announced that we would be doing these interviews, two of the four reached out directly, establishing some communication.

We went through the standard avenues first: contact campaign manager, ask to arrange meeting. Two of the candidates responding immediately — one himself, and one through the manager. Of those two, one uses a form on a website; the other just has a Facebook page.

The campaign manager of another did not respond quickly, so we took a secondary route and were instantly able to move ahead. Knowing who is even involved in the campaign proves useful.

A fourth — communication there is still wanting. In that case, the campaign manager did not respond, but then we learned that there was a change in staff so we tried again. This was acknowledged within hours, but has yielded nothing despite several follow up messages over the course of several days. After feeling like we were being strung along, we gave a reasonable deadline and that went flashing by.

The Questions

Through social media and our mailing list, we asked readers to tell us what they wanted to know. Our readers are primarily Hartford residents, voters, so this approach seemed more logical than leaving a candidate’s potential future constituents to be told about issues that were less relevant to their lives. We re-worded to streamline some questions, grouped others together, and then added a few of our own. Each candidate was asked very similar questions, with a few wild cards thrown in.

They were not given questions in advance, though candidates who happen to read Real Hartford and pay attention to comments may have known what was coming. Nothing was presented as a “gotcha” question. There will be debates later in the season, but for now, we just wanted to hear what they had to say for themselves in a non-combative situation.

Campaigning Season Grinds On

By , March 11, 2015 7:24 pm

While Pedro Segarra’s campaign is getting some heat for its Twitter account allegedly automatically following anyone that follows it, this is not the first time that interesting choices have been made involving social media and this campaign.

A fundraiser was previously promoted using Grindr, an app that essentially functions more like Tinder, than say, Facebook or Twitter, in that it is designed specifically for dating, finding a husband, or more commonly, hooking up.

(Those now going to look up that site, brace yourselves for the barrage of shirtless men who apparently have time to go to the gym and get tans.)
Continue reading 'Campaigning Season Grinds On'»

Election Day 2014: Results of Inquiry Published

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By , January 16, 2015 4:16 pm

The City Council Committee of Inquiry has released its findings regarding the Election Day 2014 debacle.
You can read the 32 page document below. Among the gems in this report: one Registrar refused to read emails that another sent, police were called to the Registrar’s Office following an outburst by the Democratic Registrar of Voters, and that same individual invoked the Fifth Amendment when questioned.


To learn more Continue reading 'Election Day 2014: Results of Inquiry Published'»

The Voting Situation

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By , January 6, 2015 7:25 am

While the Committee of Inquiry — filled with City Council members — is presumably inquiring on matters related to the Hartford Registrars of Voters, others have taken action about alleged problems during the last election, and the one before that.

What Would Constitute a Denial of Voting Rights?

In November 2013, former Hartford resident Julie Beman schlepped all over the city to ensure she voted. She filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission against Democratic Registrar of Voters Olga Iris Vasquez and other election officials.

Over one year later, the SEEC completed its investigation Continue reading 'The Voting Situation'»

Most Best Awesome Superlatives of 2014

By , December 22, 2014 10:07 am

There are people who hate year-end lists because it sounds like the creator is putting out some clickbait while spending his days going to Christmas parties.

We’re using this opportunity to review the operation of the city and the City– what helped to build up Hartford and who needs to have a time out to think about what he has done. Continue reading 'Most Best Awesome Superlatives of 2014'»

Investigations All Around

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By , December 14, 2014 4:43 pm

On Friday, Mayor Segarra announced that what he calls an “independent task force” has been created to review the fire department. This task force includes former fire chiefs — Charles Teale, John Stewart, Nelson Carter, and Edward Casares — and current police chief, James Rovella.

Segarra’s spokesperson said the task force exists “to examine the department’s command structure, its resources, firefighter training and recruitment” and will “review state, federal and board inquiries into the death of Firefighter Kevin Bell.” Recommendations that emerge from this will be made to Segarra and Hartford Fire Department’s Chief Huertas.

The creation of this task force follows a number of HFD problems, from the death of Kevin Bell to the accidental discharge of a firearm to lieutenants brawling at a site, and more. Lots, lots more.

The most serious of those — a firefighter’s loss of life while on the job — occurred in October. Continue reading 'Investigations All Around'»

Committee of Inquiry Formed to Investigate Election Day Problems

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By , November 12, 2014 10:14 pm

Day Pitney, LLP and Shipman & Goodwin, LLP have been named as those offering pro-bono legal counsel to the “Committee of Inquiry.” Council President Shawn Wooden, who is employed by Day Pitney, will be sitting on this committee, though a press release issued Wednesday afternoon claims he will be a non-voting member.

Others on this committee to investigate the 2014 Election Day issues: Majority Leader Alex Aponte, Minority Leader Joel Cruz, Jr, Raul de Jesus, Cynthia Jennings, and David MacDonald. All are City Council members. Continue reading 'Committee of Inquiry Formed to Investigate Election Day Problems'»

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