Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has hired Phil Sherwood, the deputy director of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, to run his mayoral campaign.

Sherwood, who managed Democrat Terry Gerratana’s successful special-election race for state Senate last week, will be taking a leave from CCAG.

“He understands the challenges that Hartford faces and I am proud that he has agreed to manage my campaign,” Segarra said.

Sherwood is a former New Britain alderman. In the special election, Gerratana was opposed by the city’s Republican mayor, Tim Stewart. In Hartford, Sherwood’s task will be to win the Democratic primary that nearly always is tantamount to election.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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