NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- Alderman Justin Elicker is the youngest candidate for Mayor in New Haven and he's lived in the Elm City for the shortest period of time, but he says he's the best candidate for the job.
Thirty-eight year-old Elicker is the only candidate for Mayor that speaks Spanish. He also speaks Chinese and a little French.
A legacy of his five years with the U.S. State Department.
He has only lived in New Haven for seven years, but has already served on the Board of Aldermen, representing East Rock for four.
He says the city is headed for financial ruin and must make drastic moves.
And although he sees an increased commitment to community policing as a major solution to one of the city's problems, he also says the police union contract is the source of another.
"I've been the only candidate that has told the police union that we need to reconsider the benefit package that they have, including the possibility of move from a defined benefit to a defined contribution," Elicker said.
He also says that an antiquated zoning procedure is holding back development that would bring in more jobs and tax revenue.
"It's difficult to invest in New Haven and if we make it easier for developers and take some of the politics out of the way that development is done in the city that would encourage more investment," Elicker said.
Elicker works as an environmental consultant and was the first official candidate in the race, but admits his biggest hurdle is his low name recognition.
Elicker says some of the diplomatic skills he learned in the U.S. State Department should help him run city hall.
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