Leclerc announces candidacy for mayor
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., May. 6, 2011
Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc announced her candidacy for mayor before a standing-room-only crowd on April 28. Leclerc was sworn into office Jan. 10 of this year, after former Mayor Melody Currey resigned to take a position in Gov. Dannel Malloy’s new administration.
“Despite what you may have heard, this is not an open position. I am the mayor, and I fully intend to have the position in November,” Leclerc, a Democrat, said to friends, family and supporters who gathered at the Marco Polo Restaurant.
Leclerc, who was Town Council chair before becoming mayor, thanked members of the Town Council. “They fully supported my transition to the office of the mayor, and I am grateful of their support, trust and encouragement,” said Leclerc.
State Rep. Henry Genga (D-East Hartford) credited Leclerc for calling for the restoration of payment in lieu of taxes to towns like East Hartford, which had been eliminated in the governor’s proposed budget.
“She single-handedly went to work to ensure that East Hartford was made whole and the $3.6 million restored,'' Genga said. “That is the kind of knowledgeable, proactive person we have in Marcia. Her background and experience, coupled with her education and knowledge of government, make her the right candidate for the position.”
Leclerc acknowledged the tough times East Hartford has faced during the recession. “East Hartford has not been immune to the economic turmoil, but we persevered,'' she said. “Let me set the record straight - East Hartford is open for business.”