Mayor John DeStefano Jr. is expected to announce on Tuesday afternoon that he will not run for an 11th term as mayor this November, the New Haven Independent reported Monday evening.
In an email to the general public on Monday night, DeStefano said that he will be making an announcement at 5 p.m. at the Russian Lady on 144 Temple St., where he has previously celebrated election victories. Over the past two decades, DeStefano has been credited with bringing back community policing to lower crime rates, advancing school reform and revitalizing downtown New Haven.
Two other candidates have already declared that they will run for office – Ward 10 Alderman Justin Elicker FES ’10 SOM ’10 and Sundiata Keitazulu, a plumber and New Haven resident. State Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield has said that he will announce his plans by the end of January; he has indicated that he is likely to run.
Two years ago, DeStefano ran against Jeffrey Kerekes, and despite outspending him by a 14-1 margin, won by his narrowest margin to date. Elicker and Holder-Winfield have both previously told the News that they believe the current mayor is “out of touch.”
DeStefano is the longest-serving mayor of New Haven.