Republican withdraws from Meriden City Council race

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MERIDEN — The Republican nominee for City Council in Area I recently ended his candidacy leaving a vacancy on the party slate.

Frank Scotto withdrew from the race several weeks ago citing family commitments, the former candidate told the Record-Journal Tuesday.

That leaves incumbent Democrat Yvette Cortez with one challenger, Richard Cordero, an independent candidate running with the Libertarian Party endorsement.

Republicans have until Sept. 1 to endorse another candidate in Area I, which covers much of the city’s downtown. Scotto is still officially listed as the GOP nominee in documents on file with the city clerk.

Several potential candidates have expressed interest in running, Republican Town Chairman Sean McDonald said.

Scotto pleaded no contest to a fourth-degree larceny charge in 2019 and received a one-year suspended sentence and two years’ probation, which is scheduled to expire Oct. 17. The charges stem from allegations in 2018 that he stole more than $5,000 from Sliders Grill & Bar in Middletown, where he worked as a general manager.

According to state judicial records, Scotto has fulfilled his probation requirements, including paying court-ordered restitution.

Scotto said the conviction is unrelated to his withdrawal, adding that the Republican Town Committee was aware of it and had planned to address the issue in the campaign. 

Cortez is seeking her first full term in office. She was appointed to the City Council in June 2020, following the resignation of fellow Democrat Miguel Castro, who was arrested on domestic violence charges in May of that year. According to officials, that case was disposed of in court without a conviction. 

Cortez said she did not know enough about Scotto’s withdrawal to comment on the matter.



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