The 2013 New Haven mayoral election — turns out there’s an app for that.
Democratic candidate Toni Harp ARC ’78 unveiled a new campaign app on Friday that allows city residents wired into their mobile phones to read about her platform, track upcoming events and sign up to volunteer with the campaign. The launch also serves as a trial run for a ‘New Haven app’ Harp plans to implement if she wins election on Nov. 5.
The campaign app was designed by Yale freshman Charlie Proctor ’17, a native of Durham, Conn. who attended the Hopkins School in New Haven. Proctor told the News he was an early supporter of Harp, but only recently thought of this way to make his mark on the campaign.
“I saw [the app] as a perfect opportunity to use my skills to help her win the election,” Proctor said in a Friday email to the News. “I approached the campaign staff and they eagerly gave me the green light. At that point, I built the app, submitted it to the App Store, and within a week, it was approved and available for download.”
Should Harp be elected mayor, Proctor said he plans to work with her to develop a “civic app to help facilitate communication between city hall and the people of New Haven.” He said the app might include a forum for users to provide input to city officials.
Praising Proctor as a “talented young man” in a Friday press statement, Harp said his tech work for her campaign exemplifies how the city ought to utilize the intellectual resources of New Haven’s academic institutions.
Harp faces petitioning Independent opponent Justin Elicker FES ’10 SOM ’10 in November’s election.