At 7 p.m. tomorrow, Ward 10 Alderman Justin Elicker FES ’10 SOM ’10 will announce his candidacy for mayor at Manjares, a restaurant on Whalley Avenue, Elicker said in a phone call to the News today.
Elicker will give a speech explaining his reasons for running and his goals as mayor. Current Mayor John DeStefano Jr. was the first person to declare his candidacy in the 2013 race, and if he wins, will serve an 11th term. Sundiata Keitazulu, a plumber and New Haven native, was the second person to officially enter the race. State Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield set up an exploratory committee in December, a step that usually leads to an official candidacy.
When Elicker first discussed the possibility of entering the mayoral race last November, he said he wanted to increase transparency in the city and improve the “lack of trust” that New Haven citizens currently have in government.