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Elicker Opens HQ At Neighborhood Crossroads

by Allan Appel | Mar 31, 2013 10:46 am

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Posted to: Whalley, Campaign 2013

Beaver Hills and Edgewood meet at the corner Whalley Avenue and Norton Street, with Dwight and Dixwell and Westville mere blocks away.

Supporters of one of the candidates for mayor this year met at that corner, too, on Saturday, and will continue meeting there.

Thirty people attended a two-hour mid-day event to help the candidate, Justin Elicker, open the headquarters on the second floor at Wells Fargo Bank building.

Elicker—a Democratic East Rock alderman seeking to replace retiring New Haven Mayor John DeStefano—said he picked the location because “it sets the tone, an inclusive campaign that takes in all neighborhoods.”

Campaign manager Kyle Buda said the organization rented the office through September with an option to extend to November. Elicker, Newhallville state Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield, and former city economic development chief Henry Fernandez have all launched campaigns for the Democratic mayoral nomination, to be decided in a Sept. 10 primary. Elicker said this past week that if he loses the primary, he plans to run in the general election. At least one other candidate with broad name recognition and a potential base of support is expected to announce his candidacy soon. A Newhallville plumber named Sundiata Keitazulu has also filed papers to run.

“We invited you here in large part to show you we need furniture,” Elicker joked to the crowd Saturday. The offices were at that point being fitted out with folding chairs and card tables.

The crowd included Downtown Alderman Doug Hausladen, who is backing Elicker; former East Rock Democratic ward committee co-chair Ray Sarraco, and city pension board member John Varrone. Buda said other endorsees will emerge at future events. Hausladen said he thinks Elicker will set himself apart from the field on issues like participatory budgeting, transparent governance, and support of child care.

Others present included constituents from Elicker’s ward, which covers East Rock, Cedar Hill, and a part of Fair Haven. Sarraco (pictured with Cedar Hill activist Rebecca Turcio, aka “Cedar Hill Resident” in the Independent comments section) has just moved to North Haven, so he can’t vote for Elicker. “But I have a lot of family [still in town] I can influence,” he said.

Christine Ucich brought the candidate some java with a message he may have already absorbed: “You’ll really need coffee.”

Elicker later turned to campaign treasurer Melanie Quigley and asked, “If someone gave us coffee, do we list it as a contribution?” She told him the contribution is considered in kind. She promised to assess the fair market value and so note it.

Keturah Martin presented Elicker with another in-kind contribution, a kangaroo bobblehead. He thanked her and said she can vote in future elections. Keturah and her mom Kenya Adams-Martin live in Cedar Hill. Of Elicker, Adams-Martin said, “We planted trees, we painted the park benches, and he advocated for our children.”

It was all hands on deck, or under table, as Natalie Elicker took wrench to bolt. The campaign put out a call for loans of furniture along with clipboards, pens, pencils, and Kennedy and Obama memorabilia.

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posted by: Threefifths on March 31, 2013  11:01am

Thirty people attended a two-hour mid-day event to help the candidate, Justin Elicker, open the headquarters on the second floor at Wells Fargo Bank building.Elicker—a Democratic East Rock alderman seeking to replace retiring New Haven Mayor John DeStefano—said he picked the location because “it sets the tone, an inclusive campaign that takes in all neighborhoods.”

It sets the tone alright.Look at wells fargo record.


Ex-loan officer claims Wells Fargo targeted black communities for shoddy loans

By Ylan Q. Mui,June 12, 2012

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-06-12/business/35459871_1_loan-modifications-subprime-loan-mortgage-documents

Keep voting them in.

posted by: Jonathan Hopkins on March 31, 2013  3:00pm

“Thirty people attended a two-hour mid-day event to help the candidate, Justin Elicker, open the headquarters on the second floor at Wells Fargo Bank building.”

Its not the Wells Fargo Bank building, its just a building with two separate rental units in it - one on each floor. The first floor happens to currently house a Wells Fargo Bank. HWA Realty, LLC from Norwalk owns the property, so if anything, its the HWA Realty Building.

posted by: HhE on March 31, 2013  3:44pm

3/5ths, I’m going to give you another reason to take issue with me—besides the bike riding and supporting Justin—my home loan is with Wells Fargo. 

I think in this case, it might have been a space available issues, and not so much a desire to help out an evil bank.

Anyone care to define “oblique reference?”

posted by: Walt B on March 31, 2013  5:15pm

justin would have been better off either opening an office farther up whalley near the westville village or in east rock.  we all know who votes in new haven, and it aint that neighborhood.
imagine what what kind of mayor we’d have if race religion and money didn’t factor in.
good luck kid.

posted by: Threefifths on March 31, 2013  7:26pm

posted by: HhE on March 31, 2013 3:44pm
3/5ths, I’m going to give you another reason to take issue with me—besides the bike riding and supporting Justin—my home loan is with Wells Fargo

I always take issue with you.Yes you may have a home loan with Wells Fargo,Your choice.But Justin is running for office.It looks bad for a politician to even have his or her name along side a bank like rob Fargo,My Bad Wells Fargo.


I think in this case, it might have been a space available issues, and not so much a desire to help out an evil bank.

As Walt B said there are other spaces to use.


His is your reference.

http://video.pbs.org/video/2327953844/

posted by: TheWizard on April 1, 2013  8:29am

Walt B:  You should listen to Justin’s goals in this election.  He is attempting to be the mayor or all of New Haven - not just those from certain neighborhoods, of certain ethnicities, or certain socio-economic levels. 

I’m not certain for whom I will vote this year but a candidate who really moves us away from the old way of doing things is absolutely a move in the right direction.

posted by: Curious on April 1, 2013  11:20am

TheWizard is right.

Justin was espousing the idea of “one city” before Hernandez paid someone to make a catchy slogan out of it.

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