DeStefano Won't Seek Re-Election

Mayor John DeStefano will announce that he will not seek an 11th term as the city’s mayor.

By Stephanie O'Connell
|  Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013  |  Updated 12:36 AM EDT
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After serving for 20 years, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the year and will not seek re-election.

After serving for 20 years, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the year and will not seek re-election.

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New Haven Mayor John DeStefano will not seek an 11th term as the city’s mayor and will retire at the end of the year.

"I am happy and very, very comfortable with this decision," DeStefano said in a news release Tuesday.  "We have accomplished so much in the past 20 years.  I feel comfortable leaving now because New Haven is in a good place, with a strong civic fiber."

Destefano has been Mayor of New Haven for 20 years, the city's longest-serving mayor.

According to The New Haven Independent, since DeStefano won his first term in 1993, no one has won more than 45-percent of the vote against him.

State Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield and Alderman Justin Elicker have thrown their names to run for mayor.

The Independent reports that Elicker announced his candidacy last week and Holder-Winfield is expected to do the same in the next few days.
 

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