Hartford's Shawn Wooden Enters Treasurer's Race

Shawn Wooden, the former president of the Hartford city council, announced Thursday that he is running for state treasurer.

“My life's work is protecting and maximizing the savings of working people,’’ the Democratic candidate said in an email to supporters. “As the former president of the Hartford City Council and chairman of the council’s budget and finance committee, I know very well how difficult it is to balance a budget in challenging times, with competing agendas, while maintaining a commitment to growth and opportunity that can often seem elusive.”

Wooden was elected to his first council term in November 2011, and was named the panel's leader in January 2012 (council members voted 5-4 in favor of Wooden). During his time in office, he's grabbed headlines for numerous issues, from his support of a new, $56 million baseball stadium to taking a stand against former Mayor Pedro Segarra on overtime pay and other matters.

Wooden, a partner at the law firm of Day, Pitney, assists clients with investment, general corporate and securities law matters with an emphasis on advising institutional investors in connection with alternative investment transactions, according to the firm’s website.

“My life's work is protecting and maximizing the savings of working people,’’ Wooden said. “I’ve been an attorney for more than 20 years and spent the better part of those years advising on public pension plan investments, an area I now lead for my firm. Every day, I advise institutions on how to protect investments and pursue socially responsible outcomes. And despite protest from my youngest son at dinner time, I constantly talk about the importance of planning and saving for the future.”

Democratic incumbent treasurer Denise Nappier announced last week that she is not seeking reelection.

By  Daniela Altimari

January 11, 2018