Gary Holder-Winfield won’t have to say no anymore if his supporters want to give him money to run for mayor.
That’s because as of Thursday, he has an official committee set up that can receive the money.
It’s an “exploratory” committee for the 2013 mayoral campaign. Holder-Winfield filed the papers to create the committee with the City Clerk’s Office Thursday. His campaign treasurer is listed as Christine Bartlett-Josie.
Holder-Winfield, a New Haven state representative, had already signaled that he’s thinking seriously about challenging 10-term incumbent Mayor John DeStefano, a fellow Democrat. DeStefano has begun running for reelection. East Rock Alderman Justin Elicker has also said he’s seriously considering a run. Click here and here to read interviews with Holder-Winfield and Elicker about their reasons.
With the creation of an “exploratory committee,” Holder-Winfield can accept campaign contributions.
“Christmas is here, but I’m going to try” to raise some of that money anyway, Holder-Winfield said in a conversation Thursday.
Candidates rarely take the step of formally creating an “exploratory” committee without actually running. Holder-Winfield said he plans to continue talking to lots of people over the next month about their opinions about a candidacy. “The exploratory committee allows me to go out and see what people have to say about it,” he said. He promised to make a final, formal decision about running by the end of January.
A Newhallville plumber named Sundiata Keitazulu has also filed papers to run for mayor. Click here and click on the play arrow for an interview about his plans.