April 8, 2007
By Andy Hart • Courtesy of the Hartford News • 9:00 AM EST
Ten years ago, Art Feltman left his job as councilman at Hartford City Hall to take up his new job as state representative at the State Capitol. Now Feltman wants to leave the Capitol and return to Hartford City Hall, this time as mayor.
Feltman announced his candidacy Wednesday Jan. 17 at Joe Black's Restaurant in Downtown Hartford.
While Feltman's announcement was expected, some of those who turn out to support him were a bit of a surprise, such as long-time Hartford politicians Eugenio Caro and John O'Connell. Both men served with Feltman on Hartford City Council. State Senators Eric Coleman and John Fonfara were also among the nearly 200 people who attended Feltman's announcement.
In a lengthy speech, Feltman criticized the Mayor's current style of government, saying, "We must bring the curtain down on the solo act long playing at 550 Main [City Hall]. It is time, no, it is past time, for seismic, but practical change."