Feisty New Haven Mayor\’s Race Full Of Twists, Turns, Surprises

by Categorized: General Assembly, Gov. Dannel Malloy Date:

Here\’s the front page story from today\’s Hartford Courant :

Henry Fernandez reached the heights of the academic world by graduating from Harvard College and Yale Law School before marrying his soul mate from Cornell Law School.

Those Ivy League credentials for a power couple often lead to huge salaries on Wall Street with the finest of educations for their children in private suburban schools. But Fernandez and his wife have chosen to live in New Haven\’s impoverished Fair Haven neighborhood and send their 8-year-old son to the local public school.

Now Fernandez is trying to improve his hometown by running for mayor of the Elm City in a contentious five-way battle marked by numerous twists, turns and unexpected developments.

Fernandez, who has raised the most money in the race, and his opponents caught a break last week by the stunning development that the front-runner, Sen. Toni Harp, has been forced to collect signatures to get on the Sept. 10 primary ballot because of a filing error.

As a result, Harp is now suddenly on equal footing with four challengers who are also gathering signatures: Fernandez, City Alderman Justin Elicker, Hillhouse High School Principal Kermit Carolina, and Sundiata Keitazulu, a plumber and a convicted felon who served 10 years in prison until 2005 for selling cocaine and says he is now turning his life around.

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