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20-Year-Old Announces Mayoral Candidacy

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This is pretty cool. A 20 year old has announced his candidacy. I'll merge this later with the election thread but thought it was interesting enough for a new topic.

"Many may use my age to exclude my ideas and to try and put doubt on my abilities, but let the games end and see who succeeds."

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Good Lord...

...while I admire the young man's dedication to the city and courage to launch a candidacy, I believe Hartford will be best served by someone with seasoned experience in public policy and coalition-building. A young mayor may be effective in a smaller rural city like Torrington, but I don't believe a young mayor would be effective in the Capital City.

In any case, it's good to see five challengers to Perez. Despite what one might think of Perez, I'm glad to see a renewed interest in Hartford politics and City Hall.

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Good Lord...

...while I admire the young man's dedication to the city and courage to launch a candidacy, I believe Hartford will be best served by someone with seasoned experience in public policy and coalition-building. A young mayor may be effective in a smaller rural city like Torrington, but I don't believe a young mayor would be effective in the Capital City.

In any case, it's good to see five challengers to Perez. Despite what one might think of Perez, I'm glad to see a renewed interest in Hartford politics and City Hall.

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It's a foolish and arrogant move. Were he really a suitable candidate he'd know well enough not to run.

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It's a foolish and arrogant move. Were he really a suitable candidate he'd know well enough not to run.

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Interesting that you mention that. A co worker of mine from Torrington is not that crazy about their mayor. I don't think this kid has too much of a chance, but I am certainly interested to hear his perspective and see how the other candidates react to someone who will more than likely not be affraid to call them out.

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Can't be any worse than the current Mayor.....

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Oh yes he could. In fact one of the big-named candidates would, I guarantee, be worse than the current mayor: Minnie Gonzalez.

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Oh yes he could. In fact one of the big-named candidates would, I guarantee, be worse than the current mayor: Minnie Gonzalez.

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Why do you think Minnie Gonzalez would be a bad Mayor? Keep in mind that I'm asking because I don't know enough about her to form an opinion -- at least not yet.

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She doesn't have a firm grip on reality and would not be an effective ambassador to the business community. I don't think she's quite educated or sophisticated enough to meet Hartford's evolving needs.

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She doesn't have a firm grip on reality and would not be an effective ambassador to the business community. I don't think she's quite educated or sophisticated enough to meet Hartford's evolving needs.

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Precisely. She, with good intentions, caters to the immediate social needs of Hartford citizens, but that objective is often short-sighted. Not that she has actually supported this, but I could imagine her supporting the owner of the abandoned High Street building (next to the Holiday Inn Express, with sweeping views of the park and capitol building) turning it into a halfway house or low-income housing. Regardless of Hartford's needs for both, neither should be in the CBD, especially not in that location. I fear that she would be even more beholden to the unions than Mayor Eddie. And, believe it or not, she makes him sound like an English professor.

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Why do you think Minnie Gonzalez would be a bad Mayor? Keep in mind that I'm asking because I don't know enough about her to form an opinion -- at least not yet.

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And, believe it or not, she makes him sound like an English professor.

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It's a foolish and arrogant move. Were he really a suitable candidate he'd know well enough not to run.

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If at least one 20 year old looks at all the bad things in Hartford and wants to change it, more power to him. If he already hasn't been corrupted by the surroundings, surely someone his age with little political background will be good.

After all, could it be worse than Perez?

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If at least one 20 year old looks at all the bad things in Hartford and wants to change it, more power to him. If he already hasn't been corrupted by the surroundings, surely someone his age with little political background will be good.

After all, could it be worse than Perez?

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The fact that their are this many people out there (of so many ages) who want to change Hartford so much that they are willing to run for mayor is great...at least I think so

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