City | 4:07 pm | April 30, 2013 | By Diana Li

Mayoral candidate Carolina to use Democracy Fund

Hillhouse High School Principal Kermit Carolina has become the fourth mayoral candidate to commit to using the Democracy Fund, New Haven’s public financing system for mayoral candidates.

In a Tuesday press release, Democracy Fund administrator Ken Krayeske said that Carolina and his treasurer Teretha Brooks have submitted the necessary documents to become part of the Fund. Once Carolina raises 200 qualifying contributions between $10 and $370, he will become eligible for a $19,000 grant and matching funds that match the first $25 of every qualifying contribution twice.

Carolina’s commitment to the Fund means that a majority of candidates are now participating in the program. Ward 10 Alderman Justin Elicker FES ’10 SOM ’10, state Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield and plumber Sundiata Keitazulu have already committed to using the Fund. Meanwhile, former city economic development director Henry Fernandez LAW ’94, president and CEO of Connecticut Technology Council Matthew Nemerson and state Senator Toni Harp have chosen not to use the Fund.

Carolina announced his candidacy on Sunday.

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