Paul Chandler is a Connecticut native, a Yale student and a Republican running for board of alderman in New Haven, a city dominated by Democrats.
But he says his party affiliation is only a barrier before people get to know him.
In an interview last week, Chandler said the notion of a party doctrine does not apply to the local level, where candidates are more focused on front-yard services such as public safety and education than on ideology.
“Just throw away this whole Republican-Democrat divide we see at the federal level,” Chandler said. “That’s not really relevant to the community and that’s not really relevant to what we want to do. If you can get past that and listen to what I have to say, I think you’d find there’s a lot more that you agree with me on than disagree with me on.”
He is running in Ward 1, where Republicans are outnumbered 20-1.
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