Wooden overcomes chal­lengers for trea­surer

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - News - By Em­i­lie Mun­son

HART­FORD — In two rounds of vot­ing, Shawn Wooden, a law part­ner who rep­re­sents pub­lic pen­sion funds, topped three chal­lengers to seize the Demo­cratic en­dorse­ment for state trea­surer Satur­day.

“The odds of a kid from the north end of Hart­ford end­ing up in a cas­ket are far greater than the odds of that kid end­ing up on a stage like this on a night like this,” Wooden told Democrats, thank­ing them for their sup­port.

Strong sup­port for Green­wich’s Dita Bhar­gava, a for­mer hedge fund man­ager, and Hart­ford’s Arunan Aru­lam­palam, an at­tor­ney at Updike, Kelly and Spel­lacy, also qual­i­fied them for a spot on the Au­gust pri­mary bal­lot.

“I am so proud of the di­verse can­di­dates that have been up here,” Bhar­gava said. “I be­lieve I have been work­ing my whole life for that po­si­tion of trea­surer.”

Wooden was con­sid­ered a front-run­ner head­ing into the state Demo­cratic Con­ven­tion in Hart­ford. He at­tended Trin­ity Col­lege on a four-year schol­ar­ship, sneak­ing into the school’s cafe­te­ria be­cause he could af­ford the cost of meals there, he said.

The for­mer pres­i­dent of the Hart­ford City Coun­cil, Wooden’s team raised over $60,000 for his cam­paign, ac­cord­ing to an April fil­ing. He was backed by union lead­ers, who de­clared him the work­ing peo­ple’s can­di­date.

“He knows how to bal­ance bud­gets and cut waste,” said for­mer state Rep. Su­san Bar­rett, of Fair­field.

Aru­lam­palam col­lected 32 per­cent of del­e­gate sup­port in the first vote and Bhar­gava col­lected 22 per­cent.

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