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New Haven’s recent mayoral election was one of the most brutal races in recent years. Or was it? In 2013, the same two candidates fought it out but led with opposite results. Then state Senator Toni Harp defeated then Alder Justin Elicker (54% to 45%).
But last month Mayor Harp, the longtime local leader, lost public office for the first time in over 30 years. And Elicker, the former alder turned nonprofit leader, won significantly (68% to 28%) as he did in the primary election in September (58% to 42%).
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