Photo courtesy of Wildaliz Bermudez
Hartford’s Democratic Town Committee endorsed exactly zero women in 2011. That Cynthia Jennings served on City Council beginning in 2012 was thanks to her affiliation with the Working Families Party.
The last four years must have sent a message. This time around, the Democrats, Working Families, and Republicans each endorsed two women on their respective slates; ultimately, voters opted for two newcomers,Wildaliz Bermudez and Glendowlyn Thames, along with incumbent Cynthia Jennings and rJo Winch, who previously served on City Council, but not during the current term.
Of the four women, Ms. Bermudez is also coming in as the first Latina member of City Council since the previous was elected in 1999.
Though new to this position, Bermudez is not new to Hartford or City Hall. She was moved to run out of “frustration” with “fighting things from the periphery,” namely, the baseball stadium that is currently being erected in Downtown. Continue reading 'Ladies Rising'»
Sara and Luke Bronin
On Tuesday, Hartford voters selected a new mayor, Luke Bronin, and a number of other new faces to City Hall. Continue reading 'A (Nearly) Clean Slate'»
Even with all the extra attention given to the Hartford Registrar(s) of Voters, even with the election monitor, voting has not gone smoothly this Election Day:
- Reports of issues with machines at several polling places. Low battery before 7 a.m. at one; same issue by 8 a.m. at the Hartford Public Library polls (Downtown). Reports that the United Methodist (West End) polling place would be counting ballots by hand.
- City Council candidate Nyesha McCauley’s supporters at Annie Fisher School (Blue Hills) spotted standing in the travel lanes on Plainfield Street, holding signs.
- Reports of a moderator at Grace Lutheran Church (Asylum Hill) telling residents to “vote Row A”
- Voter at United Methodist (West End) told she is not allowed to view the number on machine that indicates which number voter she is for the day. Explanation given: new policy this year. Her husband voted fifteen minutes later at same location and was able to view the number with no interference.
Continue reading 'Democracy in Hartford'»
While Democrats scrambled to endorse their slate, or, in some cases, put on a show by walking out of a high school auditorium last month, the Working Families Party was still undecided about what route it would take. Three would definitely be endorsed for City Council, I was told, but maybe, just maybe, they would feel emboldened and run a fourth. At the time, it looked like Wildaliz Bermudez, Levey Kardulis, and Shonta Browdy would be the picks, with Larry Deutsch as the potential fourth. Continue reading 'Working Families Party, with Input from Public, Endorses Five for Council'»
The parking lot at Bulkeley High has seen better days. Grass grows up in a handicapped spot. An empty bottle of booze sits where someone left it. The building is imposing, with few windows and no signs of joy. It looks and feels like a place one attends by force, not because it’s a center for intellectual growth that one may opt into.
With the Democratic Town Committee‘s convention slated to begin at 6 p.m., politicians, committee members, and families began to gather hours in advance on Bulkeley’s steps, some to rally for their candidates, others to avoid sitting down.
It’s not hard to stand and chat, delaying entrance to what will no doubt feel like a cage for the rest of the evening. Knowing how these go, we knew it would be inexpedient and frustrating. Snacks would need to be eaten surreptitiously, lest we get asked to leave and end up missing something. They want to preserve the auditorium’s new carpet, and who can begrudge them of that? It appears to be the only update to the room that is otherwise stuck in the mid-1970s. There’s no Wi-Fi. Outlets are hard to find. If they have any technology developed in the past 40 years, they weren’t using it, with the vote tally later being kept on a large white board that could barely be read. Continue reading 'Another Disorganized Convention Results in Endorsements Over Two Days'»
Councilperson Alexander Aponte has announced that he will be announcing his candidacy for Hartford Probate Judge, a position filled until recently by Robert Killian. In April, Killian resigned and announced his candidacy for mayor.
He has previously served as Corporation Counsel under Mayor Mike Peters. In 2013, Aponte was to face an ethics review.