Ben Florsheim and Connecticut lieutenant governor Susan Bysiewicz embrace after Bysiewicz swore Florsheim in as mayor of Middletown. At 27, he is the city’s youngest ever mayor. (Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant)

Middletown’s newly elected mayor, Ben Florsheim, speaks out against the pessimism that often prevails in Connecticut and how he sees a bright future despite it. The Wisconsin native points out “Having not been reared in a tradition of civic pessimism, transplants like myself have a sort of superpower that allows us to see the great things about this state more clearly. We are able to diagnose our challenges not as immutable penalties for the original sin of being Connecticut but as eminently solvable problems.”

Read more here: Connecticut: A place worth sustaining — Hartford Courant