Hartford's mayor has decided to drop out of the race to become Connecticut's next governor.
Mayor Luke Bronin announced his decision on Monday.
“After four months spending evenings and weekends on the road all across our state, I’m confident that there is a path ahead in this primary and in this general election for our campaign," Bronin said in a statement. "We’ve gained strong support from delegates heading into the convention. And thanks to thousands of supporters, we’ve raised enough money to be confident of reaching the threshold for public financing under the Citizens Election Program."
Bronin said he'll instead stay focused on being the capital city's mayor.
“I’ve kept my commitment to Hartford at the forefront of my mind," Bronin said. "After thinking hard and wrestling with this decision, I have decided to end my exploratory committee and stay focused on my work as mayor."
The potential of a Bronin run for governor stirred up some controversy because it came just halfway into his first term as mayor.
His decision comes weeks after the cash-strapped city got a controversial $550 million bailout from the state.
The bailout helps Hartford avoid bankruptcy and pay debt, but also requires the city to give up some power and decision making.
“I want to be in a position to protect the progress we’ve made without letting it be politicized,” Bronin said.
Monday afternoon, Bronin walked into the city clerk’s office to submit his $567 million budget proposal for 2019, which is a $2 million decrease from last year.
He says the budget was balanced without any sales of assets or one-time revenues, and it’s a step in the right direction for the city.
“I don’t want people taking shots at Hartford in order to take shots at me and that’s important to me,” Bronin said.
Now Mayor Bronin is hopeful the next governor of Connecticut will be a partner to the capital city.
“Whoever the next governor is will have a big role to play in making sure that we continue the progress in moving our capital city to a stronger place,” Bronin said.
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