Elicker to Stay in New Haven Mayor Race as Independent

By Stephanie O'Connell and Jeff Saperstone
|  Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013  |  Updated 7:27 AM EDT
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Toni Harp wins Democratic Primary in the New Haven Mayor's race; confident about the general election.

Jeff Saperstone and Thomas Kienzler

Toni Harp wins Democratic Primary in the New Haven Mayor's race; confident about the general election.

Toni Harp won the Democratic primary in the New Haven mayor's race on Tuesday night, but one of her opponents, Alderman Justin Elicker, plans to stay in the race. 

Elicker, who received around 25 percent of the vote, said he will run as an Independent.

"We hope that we can beat Harp, but with Harp having so much of the political establishment, so much money being funneled into her campaign -- particularly in Democratic primary, it makes it hard for us to win," he said.

Harp said she feels confident  heading into the general election. 

"It puts me in a very strong position. Once all of the votes are tallied, we're going to have well over 50 percent and I think we're going to take this home in November," she said.

For the first time in two decades, the mayor’s seat in New Haven will be filled by someone other than John DeStefano, who decided not to run for re-election.


 

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