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Ella Wood Drops Out
by Thomas MacMillan | Oct 8, 2013 3:02 pm
Posted to: Campaign 2013
In a letter to the city clerk’s office Monday, Yale student Ella Wood officially threw in the towel in her fight to be the next downtown alderman.
Wood (pictured), a 19-year-old Yale junior, was running for a seat on the Board of Aldermen representing Ward 7, which comprises downtown and part of southern East Rock.
Wood lost the Democratic primary to Aldermen Doug Hausladen, but she had petitioned for a spot on the general election ballot as a backup plan. In her one-sentence letter to the city clerk Monday, she asked that her name be removed from the ballot.
Wood said she wants to continue the community building work she started during the campaign, and realized she didn’t need to hold elected office to do so. “It came down to choosing to pursue those other projects instead of continuing in the general election campaign.”
She said her biggest project is building “political community” by bringing more people into the political process.
Wood said she hasn’t considered whether she may run again in the future. Her candidacy this year caused a stir because she moved into Ward 7 just days before filing to run for the ward’s aldermanic seat, breaking her lease in another ward to do so. She ran with the support of Yale unions.
Alderman Hausladen said he will continue going door to door and building his get-out-the-vote operation, despite running unopposed in the the general election. He said he’s working to inform his constituents about the charter revision referendum questions on the ballot.
Tags: Ella Wood, Doug Hausladen, Ward 7
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Good. Doug didn’t the carpetbagging sideshow. He is a good alderman, one who has actually lived in the ward for long enough to justify having the audacity to run for representative office of that ward.
I keep noting this feel-good phrase “building political community by bringing more people into the political process,” which gets bandied about so much by the Yale union-backed political power grab movement. When translated, it seems more and more to mean the brute marshaling of ground troops to get out the vote—in support of a takeover of city government. Troops who may, or may not, actually live in the city, and all at the behest of leadership which itself does not.
Maybe this affair won’t follow her as she attempts to make her way in the world.
Some people ask, why the anti-Union sentiments in New Haven? Ella Wood and Gabriel Santiago stories are why. There are great Unions and then there are New Haven Unions; who see no problem in bludgeoning in ill-qualified 20 year olds to lead, so long as they can use them as their political pawns once they get to office. The less the chosen union-backed candidate knows about their constituents the better!
I actually feel slightly bad for Ms. Wood, who is probably a well-intentioned, young idealist, who got taken advantage of the new machine in town, Unite Here. This shows the kind of levels to which the union will stoop to grab more and more power in our city.
Voters beware. The union is intent on pushing its agenda, our budget and the very future of our city be damned.
All that being said, congratulations to Doug, an intelligent and dedicated alderman who has great ideas for his ward and the city overall!
posted by: Kevin on October 9, 2013 8:39am
Taking Ms. Wood at her word, I would invite her to participate in the East Rock Management Team or other neighborhood groups such as SoHu. The management team meets on the fourth Monday of every month at 7 at the new East Rock School on Nash Street.