Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, advocate of regionalism, elected 2021 president of state Conference of Municipalities

Bronin, who served as first vice president of the conference this year, was elected the group’s top board officer for 2021 at CCM’s virtual, statewide convention earlier this month. He follows outgoing CCM President Michael J. Freda, first selectman of North Haven, and is the first Hartford mayor elected to the yearlong president position since the nonpartisan organization was founded 54 years ago. During his six years as mayor of Hartford, Bronin has continually espoused regional solutions to the fiscal and social problems facing Connecticut’s largest cities. He even floated the idea of a regional tax when Hartford was flirting with bankruptcy in 2016, with Bronin — like others before him — arguing the capital city is too small and poor to rely so heavily on property taxes. CCM’s member municipalities also elected Jayme Stevenson, first selectman of Darien, as first vice president is and Thomas Dunn, mayor of Wolcott, as second vice president.


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