(WTNH) — The path to reelection for first-term New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker got a whole lot smoother last week when challenger Karen Dubois-Walton dropped out of the race.

The city’s Democratic Committee gave Elicker their endorsement.

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But you gotta give Dubois-Walton credit, she made a lot of people in New Haven stand up and take notice.

Elicker will still face an election test. For the first time in 14 years, New Haven Republicans are putting a candidate out there.

His name is John Carlson and his focus is “safety, accountability, fiscal responsibility, and education.” He’s a lifelong New Haven guy who has never held a political office.

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Another mayoral race is underway in Stamford.

Incumbent Mayor David Martin didn’t get the Democratic Party endorsement. That went to State Rep. Caroline Simmons who squeaked out at 21-19 to win at the nominating convention.

But Martin isn’t going away; he’s looking to force a primary with Simmons. But they both need to worry about Bobby V.

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Former Major League manager Bobby Valentine is raising a lot of cash in his independent bid. Former President George W. Bush is among those on the donor list.