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Holder-Winfield, Carolina Cross Clean-Money Threshold

by Staff | May 14, 2013 4:06 pm

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Posted to: Campaign 2013

Gary Holder-Winfield this week became the second mayoral candidate to qualify for the Democracy Fund, which grants public money to campaigns that limit individual donations to $370 (rather than $1,000) and forswear contributions from outside political committees.

“That is not just a campaign strategy, that’s how a good mayor should govern,” Holder-Winfield, a state representative, stated in a news release. “We owe it to the people we seek to represent—they deserve nothing less than our full devotion to a clean, open, honest election that rises above shady tactics and big money.”

He joins Justin Elicker, an alderman also running for mayor, who has already qualified for the fund. (Read about that here.)

To qualify, a candidate must raise a minimum of 200 contributions of at least $10 from New Haveners.

Two other candidates seeking the Democratic mayoral nomination have filed papers to participate in the fund. One of them, Hillhouse Principal Kermit Carolina, has collected around 230 local contributions and is in the process of verifying the information before submitting it to the fund, according to campaign spokesman Bob Pellegrino. He said the campaign plans to submit the paperwork to the fund Wednesday.

The other, plumber Sundiata Keitazulu, said Tuesday that he has so far collected 50 contributions from New Haveners.

Three other Democratic candidates—state Sen. Toni Harp, former city economic development chief Henry Fernandez, and former Chamber of Commerce President Matthew Nemerson—have opted not to participate in the fund.

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posted by: Curious on May 14, 2013  4:54pm

YES!!

“That is not just a campaign strategy, that’s how a good mayor should govern,” Holder-Winfield, a state representative, stated in a news release. “We owe it to the people we seek to represent—they deserve nothing less than our full devotion to a clean, open, honest election that rises above shady tactics and big money.”

posted by: anonymous on May 14, 2013  5:47pm

Congratulations to Holder-Winfield, Elicker, and Carolina. 

The “Big Money” candidates may be purchasing a lot of advertisements and endorsements, but very few people who actually live here would vote for a candidate who is not devoted to a cleaner, more open, and more honest city.

I would like to see a series of debates that excludes candidates other than those who have qualified for the Fund.  This would allow the majority of voters (those care about clean elections) to hear in-depth discussion about issues, rather than 30-second sound bites from 7 people, at least 3 of whom they wouldn’t vote for even if they were drugged and held at gunpoint.

posted by: CreatingUrgency on May 14, 2013  6:34pm

My question is, will Kermit resign at the end of the school year so that they can fill his position as principal?

posted by: Noteworthy on May 14, 2013  8:19pm

These are positive developments. Congratulations.

posted by: Xavier on May 15, 2013  9:00am

“The “Big Money” candidates may be purchasing a lot of advertisements and endorsements, but very few people who actually live here would vote for a candidate who is not devoted to a cleaner, more open, and more honest city.”

Really? The people of New Haven voted for a big money candidate for the last 20 years. Ridiculous pie in the sky, never-land, rosy glasses syndrome of ideologues that are just not serious about WINNING an election. You can not govern if you are not elected.

What an overrated distraction, the Democracy Fund. Enough already! But it even gets more nutty. Read on.

“I would like to see a series of debates that excludes candidates other than those who have qualified for the Fund.  This would allow the majority of voters (those care about clean elections) to hear in-depth discussion about issues, rather than 30-second sound bites from 7 people, at least 3 of whom they wouldn’t vote for even if they were drugged and held at gunpoint.”

IRONIC? You support the DEMOCRACY fund, and you would exclude viable candidates (except the plumber guy) from a debate? You would do this so as to make a statement about campaign financing? A small group of dreamers debating among themselves about how to run a election is what you want? Losers, nice guys finish last, always.

Politics is practical and for the grown ups who know how to get stuff done in the real world.

Pardon the pun, but my money is on One City Henry.

posted by: Curious on May 15, 2013  9:26am

Xavier, Obama was financed to a huge extent by small donations, compared to McCain, who had a lot of corporate money.

According to your rationale, McCain should have won.  He didn’t.  Nice guy Obama did.  BOOM!

Justin and Gary have the experience and vision to lead this city and for it to prosper, lifting up everyone who lives here. 

Money City Henry will only enrich himself and his campaign contributors.

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