Corcoran to Challenge Jackson for Mayor's Office

Republican candidate is a graduate of Quinnipiac University's School of Law.

The Republican Town Committee has a candidate to challenge Mayor Scott Jackson this November.

Matt Corcoran, an attorney with offices in Wolcott, announced Thursday night that he will seek the town's top seat.

"I think we need an alternative view to what we have seen over the last two years," he said after the committee's monthly meeting at the Senior Center. "Every office holder should be challenged on their record and what they are doing."

Corcoran, 34, originally is from Milford and has lived in Hamden since 2005. He previously challenged several entrenched incumbents in runs for office, including State Rep. Brendan Sharkey in 2008 and State Sen. Martin Looney last year.

He graduated from Quinnipiac University's Law School and has practiced law for nine years, Corcoran said.

The town's biggest challenges include its budget and maintaining the quality of life residents want while living within those budget limitations, he said.

People have been moving out of Hamden, he said. 

"All you see are 'For Sale' signs all over the place," he said, "and that's not a good thing at all."

So far Corcoran is the only potential Republican mayoral candidate. The Republican Town Committee will endorse candidates for all town offices at its caucus July 20 at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, when committee chairman Lee Campo said he hopes to have candidates running in every office up for election this year.

The committee has some candidates lined up, Campo said, but is still looking for more to run for seats that include the Legislative Council and the Town Clerk.

"We want to fill every position," Campo said, and now with a name at the top of the ticket, he's hoping others will step forward to run.

Suzanne M. Miller July 09, 2011 at 01:12 PM
Oh boy. Looks like we're in for two more years of democratic rule.
Marty July 09, 2011 at 02:58 PM
Hey Henry, what have you done lately? I don't recall ever seeing a Henry Fredles on the ballot. Good for him for taking chances and running for office. Anybody can run for office, not just lawayers, so get off your butt and run if you think he's not a good candidate. Hamden has it pretty good? Have you looked at your tax bill lately? My taxes have more than doubled in the last 10 years. And this year, when every body supposedly didn't get a property tax increase, my bill went up $400. And what's not being talked about it the mill rate went up something like 3 mills.Yes we had revaluation but that is a lot, especially when the value of other things like cars didn't go down. Over all between my home and my cars I'm paying almost $600 more this year then I did last year. And don't even get me started on property taxes. I lived in Orange before moving here, and the taxes today my house there, which is much nicer to my house here, are half of what I pay here. Hamden is one of the most expensive in the state in terms of property taxes. Look around and you'll see what others have and pay compared to us. And I'm a registered Democrat.
Henry Fredles July 10, 2011 at 02:42 PM
Marty, we agree more than you think. If you want to talk taxes, that's a fair point. I'm not an anti-tax nut, but taxes in Hamden are terrible. I agree. But that's our "I'll run for anything" candidate has based his candidacy on the fact that everyone is leaving town, and that's just not so. He has nothing to say, besides, "please, please elect me...to anything." Look at his previous campaign materials. Nothing has changed. If you want to cut taxes, great!--but tell us how you propose to do it. Amateurs talk strategy, pros talk logistics. It's great to rage against the status quo...but propose a solution, please. It's a problem for both parties.
Greenie July 12, 2011 at 05:30 PM
I think this is just the type of change Hamden needs. Matt has my vote.
Cynthia November 08, 2011 at 09:08 PM
Tired of all this crap in hamden as well. Time for someone that is elected to actually do something to help Hamden.


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