During last year’s municipal elections, the Courant’s Daniela Altimari wrote a likely overlooked article about why Connecticut’s majority-minority cities (Bridgeport, Hartford, and New Haven) elected White male mayors in 2019. It’s a point that many of my students and Twitter followers have asked, as I research and write about urban politics. So why are there no Black or Latino mayors in Connecticut’s largest minority cities? The best way to answer this question is to examine what happened last year with minority mayoral candidates. New Haven Mayor Toni Harp tried getting re-elected but she did not win September’s primary election and failed as a third-party candidate in November’s general election. In Bridgeport, another Black female mayoral...
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OP-ED | Connecticut’s Cities Have a Minority Participation Problem