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    June 7, 2018, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
    Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford Campus, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford

    Tickets are free and open to the public, but limited to four (4) per person. Beginning Thursday, May 24, 2018, tickets can be ordered through the University of Hartford’s online box office, in person Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by calling 860.768.4228 or 1.800.274.8587.

    The Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service at the University of Hartford will offer Connecticut voters a candid and first-of-its-kind glimpse of all qualifying Democratic and Republican candidates for Governor on June 7, 2018 during a program broadcast on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) called A Job Like No Other: Interviews with Republican and Democratic Candidates for Governor of Connecticut.

    Based on the criteria shared with all candidates in advance of the state conventions, the four participants will be the Democratic and Republican endorsed candidates for Governor, Ned Lamont and Mark Boughton, and two candidates who qualified for the primary without petitioning, Tim Herbst and Steve Obsitnik.

    The program will be held in front of an audience of up to 600 at Lincoln Theater on the University of Hartford campus, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. It will be unscripted and broadcast live on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 7. The program will also be streamed live at

    Criteria developed by event organizer, the Rell Center, and distributed weeks ago to all potential Democratic and Republican candidates, states that the event will be open to the party endorsed nominee for Governor as well as candidates who gathered 15 percent of their respective convention delegates on the final ballot, therefore qualifying for the August state primary without petitioning. The program will give voters an opportunity to learn about these candidates with the understanding that there will still be sufficient time to learn about candidates who might ultimately qualify by petition for the November ballot.

    “This is not a debate, nor is it a typical candidate forum; rather it is something voters truly want to see, which is an unedited and unrehearsed look at the qualifying candidates for Governor and having them answer questions based around the premise of “Why should we hire you?” said former Governor M. Jodi Rell, who served as Connecticut’s Governor from 2004-2010 and founded the Rell Center in 2011. “Take it from someone who knows and who has been there; there is no job in the State of Connecticut quite like being Governor, and the best way for voters to get a close, unbiased look at the people vying for Governor is through a frank and open discussion. That’s what the June 7th program will be all about.”

    “I cannot think of a more important time to show people the value of our open democratic process and to showcase the very best of our American elections,” Connecticut Public CEO Jerry Franklin said. “People are tired of seeing their candidates only appearing in the most comfortable and rehearsed environments. ‘A Job Like No Other’ offers voters a different perspective and will give Connecticut residents an unscripted look at those who are vying for the state’s top office.”

    A Job Like No Other will be hosted by Chris Ulrich, an executive coach and body language expert who works with executives, salespeople, and small business entrepreneurs and who has appeared as a contributor on CNN, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, ESPN, Washington’s USA Channel 9 and Fox 5 DC. It will be produced by Sara Conner, an Emmy Award-winning documentarian, producer, and on-air host based out of West Hartford. A Job Like No Other: Interviews with Republican and Democratic Candidates for Governor of Connecticut is made possible by support from Comcast.

    The format of the live event will be:

    • The order of interviews will be determined the evening of the broadcast with each participant selecting at random a number 1 through 4.
    • Questions will not be submitted to participants in advance and will be job interview rather than political debate–style.
    • Ground rules will be announced by the host at the top of show.
    • Each participant will have an equal amount of one-on-one interview time with the host.

    For more information about the event, call the Rell Center at 860.768.4861. For information about the broadcast, visit

Past Rell Center for Public Service Events

  • Launch Your Career: Networking and Interning for Success

    February 20, 2018
    Panelists: Anthony Branciforte ’15, Staff Writer, Journal Inquirer; Vania Legall ’16, Law Student, University of Connecticut; and Antonio Peronace ’06, Principal, Peronace LLC

    Hosted by: The Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service and The University of Hartford Department of Career Services
  • Better Government Begins at Home: How to Make a Difference in Your Community

    October 12, 2017
    Panelists: Anne Gruenberg, President, Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, and Member, Hampton, Conn., Board of Education; The Honorable Deb Hinchey, Mayor, City of Norwich; The Honorable Norm Needleman First Selectman, Town of Essex; Rich Roberts, Former Chairman, Wethersfield Planning and Zoning Commission

    Moderator: Matt Hart, Town Manager, Town of West Hartford
  • Civil Discourse in Politics

    March 6, 2017
    Panelists: Rep. Joe Aresimowicz (D), Connecticut House Speaker; Len Fasano, Senate Republican President Pro Tempore; Christine Stuart, CTNewsJunkie Managing Editor, Chris Powell, Journal Inquirer Managing Editor.

    Moderator: Max Reiss, political reporter for NBC Connecticut
  • Where Are the Women? Opportunities and Challenges for Women in Politics Today

    October 19, 2016
    Panelists: Martha Carlson, Deputy State Comptroller, State of Connecticut; Moira Lyons, Speaker of the House of Representatives Connecticut General Assembly 1999-2004; Erin Stewart, Mayor, City of New Britain Connecticut

    Moderator: Laura Pence, Professor of Chemistry, University of Hartford, American Chemical Society/American Society for the Advancement of Science Congressional Policy Fellow, 2012-13
  • University of Hartford Constitution Day Celebration

    September 16, 2016
  • Money & Politics 2016

    April 6, 2016
    Panelists: Karen Hobert Flynn, Senior Vice President for Strategy & Programs Common Cause; Joshua Foley, Staff Attorney, Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission, Public Financing Unit; Mark Pazniokas, Capital Bureau Chief, Connecticut Mirror.
  • Connecticut High School Model United Nations: Annual Co-Sponsorship

    Co-sponsored with the Greater Hartford World Affairs Council and the University of Hartford.
  • University of Hartford Constitution Day Celebration

    September 17, 2015
  • Isabella Beecher Hooker and Women’s Suffrage in Connecticut

    March 26, 2015
    Featuring Hooker Biographer Susan Campbell; co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and Gender Studies Program at the University of Hartford.
  • The 2014 Election, the 114th Congress & You

    December 5, 2014
    A discussion for the University of Hartford community led by Professors Jilda Aliotta, Jane Horvath, Leslie Smith and Adryan Wallace.
  • Careers in Public Service

    April 25, 2014
    Panelists: Honorable John Danaher ‘77, Judge, Connecticut Superior Court; LeAnne Gendreau ’94, Web Editor, NBC Connecticut; Daniel Arsenault ‘12, Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Connecticut Governor’s Office
  • If I only Knew: Lessons from Campaigning to Holding Office

    September 30, 2013
    Featuring four members of the Connecticut General Assembly completing their first term of office: Rep. John Hampton ’90 (D-16th District); Sen. Art Linares (R-33 District); Rep. Brandon McGee (D-5th District); Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-89th District).

    Moderator: Marilyn Rossetti ’98 former member Hartford City Council
  • Politics and Social Media: The View From Connecticut

    April 26, 2013
    Panelists: Mark Pazniokas, Capital Bureau Chief, Connecticut Mirror; Christine Stuart, Editor, CTNewsJunkie; Melissa Ziobron, Connecticut General Assembly(R-34th District)
  • The National Budget and Your Budget

    March 14, 2013
    A discussion featuring University of Hartford professors Jeffrey Cohen, Michael Clancy and Katharine Owens as well as Jennifer Furhmann, Director of Student Financial Aid for the University of Hartford.
  • Where Do We Go From Here?

    October 25, 2012
    Panelists: Karen Hobert Flynn, Senior Vice President for Strategy & Programs Common Cause; Nancy Johnson, member US House of Representatives 1983-2006; Tom Monahan, veteran political reporter

    Moderator: M Jodi Rell, 87th Governor of the State of Connecticut
  • Film: Patriocracy followed by discussion.

    October 17, 2012
  • Religion and Politics in 2012 Election

    September 23, 2012
    Panelists: Mark Silk, Director, Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life, Trinity College, The Lay of the Land: Religion and American Politics in 2012”; Richard Bushman, Gouverneur Morris Professor of History Emeritus at Columbia University, “The Mormon Church and American Politics”;Bilal Sekou, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Hartford “African-American Churches and American Politics” (co-sponsored with Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, University of Hartford and Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life, Trinity College).
  • From Hartford to Hartford: The Value of Public Service

    May 3, 2012
    Featuring Mayor Pedro Segarra ’81
  • The Connecticut State Legislature: Why Students Should Care?

    April 23, 2012
    Featuring Paddi LeShane and Marshall Collins