Esther Clarke seeks Republican nomination for mayor

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Jul. 15, 2011
Esther B. Clarke, a Republican, has announced her candidacy for East Hartford mayor. - Contributed Photo

Former town council member Esther B. Clarke has announced her candidacy to run for East Hartford mayor. Clarke, who currently serves the town as a justice of the peace, will seek the nomination from the Republican Town committee on July 21.

An East Hartford resident for 50 years, Clarke said in her letter to the town committee that, as mayor, she would work to reverse the changes she has seen in recent years. “During the past 15 years or so, the town has changed. We are seeing blight creeping into our neighborhoods and not enough being done about it,'' she said. “Parts of our business district are ill-kept and not inviting.''

Clarke served on the town council from 1975 to 1979, and again from 1981 to 1987. During that time Clarke said she helped to bring emergency medical services to East Hartford and played a role in helping the state formulate emergency medical response regulations.

A retired bookkeeper, Clarke said her financial background and previous experience on the town council would enable her to create a budget that would serve the needs of the town and the taxpayers. “The financial background and leadership roles that I have had in the private sector will help me choose correct paths that we should take in the future to bring us to a prouder and more successful time," she said.

Clarke and her husband, Charles, raised two children in East Hartford, and have four grandchildren. As a justice of the peace, Clarke said she has married many happy couples. "It's great job, and you see lots of happy people,'' she said. Clarke also serve as the town constable.

The town committee will also consider the nominations of six candidates running for town council seats, including current members Susan Skrowronnek, Pat Harmon and Eric Thompson. The July 21 meeting of the Republican Town Committee will be held at the Raymond Library at 7 pm.

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