NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Connecticut state Sen. Toni Harp has been elected the first woman mayor of New Haven in 20 years, and as well as the city’s first woman mayor.
The Democrat defeated New Haven Ald. Justin Elicker, a fellow Democrat who had petitioned his way onto the ballot. She will fill the seat being vacated by veteran Mayor John DeStefano, the longest serving chief executive in the city’s history.
Harp, 65, was first elected to the General Assembly in 1993, representing the 10th senatorial district. She is the longtime co-chairman of the Appropriations Committee.
During the campaign, Harp received support from high-profile Connecticut Democrats, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, and U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal.
Harp was touted as the candidate who could build political consensus in the city.
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