Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez announces comeback bid

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Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez announced on Thursday that he’s making a play for his old job.

The 61-year-old Democrat, who resigned following his corruption conviction nearly a decade ago, is off and running to be the next mayor of Hartford.

Perez’s convictions in 2010 were eventually thrown out on appeal, and two years ago, he pleaded guilty to avoid a second trial.

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He had accepted home improvements from a city contractor and tried to engineer a payoff for a North End political power broker, but he never served any time and has continued to be very visible in the city, including at recent the Puerto Rican Day Parade ball.

He said that many in the community have urged him to run, and he now joins a field of three other challengers to first term Democratic Mayor Luke Bronin.

Like in New Haven, the Republican Party in Hartford is almost invisible, so a September primary victory can be tantamount to being elected.

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