Councilman Shawn Wooden
Unanimously Elected to Second Term as Council President
HARTFORD – Shawn Wooden (D-Hartford), was unanimously elected to a second two-year term as Hartford City Council President by his colleagues during a special City Council meeting on January 8th. Wooden will be Hartford’s first Council President to serve more than one term.
“I am grateful,” said Wooden. “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to create jobs, make our streets safer, and help our schools grow stronger. Together we will continue our work to improve the lives of people in each and every neighbor- hood in our city.”
Wooden’s first term as Council President was marked by several key successes, he said. Among them were holding the line on taxes during two challenging budget years, launching the Council President’s Summer Reading Challenge, and taking a number of steps to make Hartford’s city government more transparent, account- able, and responsible with taxpayer dollars. Wooden, who lost a cousin to gun violence in June of 2012, also noted the City Council’s launch of the Faith-Based Anti- Violence Initiative.
In addition to his accomplishments on the City Council, Wooden has recently been recognized for his leadership by the NAACP. Last September, he was awarded the Greater Hartford NAACP’s “Trailblazer in Political Leadership Award.” And
last month, the Connecticut NAACP honored Wooden one of the state’s “100 Most Influential Blacks”.
The 2002 revision to Hartford’s City Charter created the position of Council President. Since then, no Council President has been re-elected to a second term. Wooden was re-elected 8-0 with one Councilman was absent.
State Senator Eric Coleman added, ”I am impressed with the leadership Council President Wooden has shown and I appreciate the collaborative approach he has pursued in addressing the City’s challenges. Over the next year I look forward to continuing our good work together.”
While there were plenty of challenges in the last two years, Wooden said, he believes that Hartford is stronger for having confronted them.
“It has been a busy two years, and I expect that the next two will bring many more opportunities to move Hartford for- ward. I don’t take this responsibility lightly, and I’m excited to continue our work.”
When he’s not engaged in City Council business or spending time with his family, Wooden practices law at the Day Pitney law firm where he focuses on corporate and investment transactions. Wooden was first elected to the City Council in 2011.