- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Hartford Democrats have endorsed attorney Luke Bronin for mayor, after incumbent Pedro Segarra declined a showdown at the city nominating convention.

Bronin, who has received the support of several candidates who dropped out of the race, got 49 votes at the meeting Monday night.

Segarra walked out before the vote and said he will gather petition signatures to qualify for the Sept. 16 primary.

Bronin, a lawyer and former top aide to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, blames Segarra’s cuts to the police department for a wave of homicides this year.

Segarra, a two-term mayor who says he has lived in the city for 41 years, says he has strong community support. He points to economic development such as a new minor league baseball stadium and a new city campus for the University of Connecticut.

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