‘We did it!’ Elicker claims victory in New Haven mayoral race

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Incumbent Mayor Toni Harp has conceded to Justin Elicker in the New Haven mayoral race.

Elicker secured key state endorsements including Gov. Ned Lamont, U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro, and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal.

Tuesday night Elicker proclaimed, “We did it!”

He went on to say that his win symbolizes that the people of New Haven are ready for change:

“This victory is resounding across the city, and it sends a message; it’s a message for change. But it’s much more than that. It’s a message first that New Haven is a place where everyone has the opportunity – and needs to have the opportunity – to thrive. New Haven is a place where divisive rhetoric has no tolerance. It says that people are ready for a government that listens, that is more accessible to everyone in this city.”

– Justin Elicker

Mayor Harp lost to Elicker in the primary election by about 2,000 votes. The loss forced the long-time democrat to suspend her campaign. She re-entered the race for her 4th term as a candidate in the Working Families Party.

Elicker promises more transparency. He also has picked up endorsements from many major players in the democratic party.

In her concession speech Tuesday night, Mayor Harp expressed her thanks to her team and supporters for all their efforts, and said, “In a word, today’s election didn’t produce the results that we would have preferred.”

She congratulated Elicker on his in and said she wishes him and New Haven the best as they move forward.

Mayor Harp told News 8, “I loved being Mayor of New Haven, it was a form of service for me.” Before she was Mayor, Harp spent a couple decades representing New Haven in the State General Assembly. Elicker thanked her for her decades of public service. Harp said she will continue to serve the public in some capacity.

WEB EXTRA: Mayor Toni Harp’s full concession speech:

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