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Carolina Not Running For State Senate Seat

by Paul Bass | Dec 9, 2013 3:00 pm

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Thomas MacMillan Photo Kermit Carolina said Monday that he has decided not to seek the state Senate seat about to open when Toni Harp takes office as New Haven’s next mayor.

Carolina (pictured) was one of three Democrats who had publicly weighed running for the 10th Senate District seat in a special election, which will probably take place in February. Harp has held the seat for 21 years. She plans to resign from it in January when she begins her term as mayor.

After meeting with parents and students at his school, Carolina said, he decided that he wants to focus his full attention on “exciting new” plans he has for Hillhouse High School, where he serves as principal.

“I just want to recommit myself,” Carolina said. “I want to turn my full attention to continuing transformation and progress at Hillhouse.”

Two other candidates have told the Independent they are definitely in the race: Alderwoman and Democratic Town Chairwoman Jackie James and state Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield. Read more about that here and here. No third candidate has yet emerged from outside the camp that supported Toni Harp in this year’s mayoral election; that could still change.

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posted by: Career High School Parent on December 9, 2013  5:20pm

Hallelujah!!! He has finally come to his senses…I applaud him for his mature and selfless decision….

posted by: robn on December 9, 2013  10:16pm


Only party hacks? What fun is there in that?

posted by: Threefifths on December 9, 2013  11:36pm

I hear West Haven may run some one.

posted by: Art Vandelay on December 10, 2013  7:27pm

I feel great sadness for the residents of New Haven. The only candidates they have to choose from are more left wing progressive socialists.

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