August 3rd, 2009 | City

What not to do when declaring your candidacy for alderman

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Of all the missteps we have seen in aldermanic campaigns in recent years, this is a new one: Getting your wife’s name wrong when declaring your candidacy.

That’s what happened to a longtime West Rock resident, Carlton Staggers, when he announced Thursday that he would seek the Democratic nomination to succeed Ward 30 Alderwoman Michelle Edmonds-Sepulveda, who is not running for re-election. As is typical when local politicians declare their candidacies, Staggers’ campaign sent us a press release on Thursday evening explaining his decision to run. (You can read more about Staggers’ candidacy from the New Haven Independent here.)

The release — which noted that Staggers has lived in Ward 30 for more than three decades and raised five children there with his wife of 17 years, Marion — did not seem unusual at first.

Two hours and 15 minutes later, we got another e-mail:

———- Forwarded message ———-

From: Carlton Staggers

Date: Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Subject: CORRECTION

To: Carlton Staggers for Ward 30 Alderman

CORRECTION

The press release names Carlton Staggers’s wife as “Marion Staggers.”  Her name is Monique Staggers.

Ouch.