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Hartford mayor who left amid corruption case seeks comeback

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A former mayor of Hartford who resigned after being convicted of corruption charges says he is mounting a comeback bid.

Eddie Perez, a Democrat, served as mayor of Connecticut's capital from 2001 to 2010, when he was sentenced to prison for taking a bribe from a contractor and attempting to extort $100,000 from a developer. His original conviction was overturned, and Perez later pleaded guilty in 2017 to receiving a bribe and attempted larceny by extortion while in office. He received a suspended prison term.

Perez told WVIT-TV that he's sorry for his mistakes in office but he wants to remind Hartford residents of his accomplishments as mayor. A formal announcement of his run is planned for Thursday.

Perez was the city's first Hispanic mayor.

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