When Henry Fernandez walked into Michael’s Downtown Restaurant Tuesday night, he was met by a sea of applause and surrounded by the people who have been supporting him during his run to be New Haven’s next mayor.
"You fought on behalf of my campaign and you stood with me and my family, and you made me so proud of this city," Fernandez told his supporters.
It was with a few tears that Fernandez announced that this race should be left to the top two candidates in the Democratic primary, and he isn’t one of them.
"I’ve given this thought, and I won’t be going forward in this election," said Fernandez, who had filed paperwork to run as an Independent.
That announcement was a huge disappointment to his supporters.
"He represented a lot of people that are in this room, many people in this City," said Julie Anastasio.
"I felt that Henry had the vision to lead us into the future for this City," said William Ocasio.
As for what he’ll do next, or if he’ll run again in the future, Fernandez says he’s concentrating on the here and now.
"I want to spend time with my family. I want to make sure my business is strong, and that’s really where I’m focused," he said.