Mayor and Town Council sworn in
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Nov. 18, 2011
Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc has been sworn in to serve her first full term as mayor – the office she has occupied since she was appointed at the beginning of the year. Town officials, employees, friends and family packed the mayor’s office in Town Hall on Nov. 15. to witness the ceremony.
Leclerc thanked the people assembled for their support. “It is a great privilege to serve as your leader for the next two years,” Leclerc said. She was first named mayor in January of this year, as a successor to Mayor Melody Currey, who resigned to take a post in the Malloy administration. Leclerc fought off two primary challengers, Santo Alleano and Mary Alice Dwyer Hughes, for the Democratic nomination to run for the office.
Leclerc beat Republican Esther Clarke in the Nov. 8 election. The 10-month campaign at times “felt like 10 years,’’ said Leclerc, who was sworn in by corporation counsel Scott Chadwick and Town Clerk Robert Pasek. “Thank you for all the work you did on the campaign, and I will be forever grateful to you,’’ Leclerc said to her supporters.
Later in the day, Lerclerc presided over the Town Council meeting, where newly-elected council members were sworn into office. Incumbent Town Council members – Democrats Rich Kehoe, William Hornan, Jr., Barbara-Ann Rossi, Linda Russo, Marc Weinberg, Republicans Patricia Harmon and Eric Thompson – won re-election. Republican Bob Damaschi was newly-elected to the council, and Ram Aberasturia, who was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the council earlier this year, was elected to his first full term. Kehoe was also re-elected as chair of the Town Council.
Other newly-elected officials were also sworn in. Democratic Christopher Gentile was elected to his first full term on the Board of Education, after being appointed to fill a vacancy. Republicans Thomas Rup and Stephanie Watkins and Democrat Marilyn Pet were newly-elected members, and incumbent Dorese Roberts was sworn in for another term. Town Constables Esther Clarke, Patricia Begley, Richard Torpey, Patricia Gately, Michelle Lock, Catherine Condio and Tia Woods were sworn in during the ceremony at Town Hall.