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Candidate Breaks Lease With “Furious” Landlord
by Thomas MacMillan | Aug 12, 2013 4:16 pm
Posted to: Campaign 2013
Josh Erlanger’s tenants at 215 Dwight St. called him to ask, apologetically, to break a lease just two months after moving in. A couple days later, he found out why: So that one of them, Ella Wood, could move to a different ward to run for office.
Erlanger’s property is in New Haven’s Ward 2. Wood, a 19-year-old Yale junior affiliated with Yale’s unions, started renting the property two months ago.
Then Wood suddenly broke her one-year lease last week just two days before filing petitions to appear on the Democratic primary ballot for alderman in downtown’s Ward 7. She moved to take on incumbent Alderman Doug Hausladen, who has sought to organize a fledgling coalition of candidates critical of Yale’s unions.
“One of the first things she did,” Erlanger (pictured) said of Wood, “was screw over a constituent.”
Wood countered that she has fulfilled all her obligations to Erlanger and is now focused the needs of her new neighbors in Ward 7 as she seeks their votes.
Wood and two other women had signed a lease agreement with Erlanger on April 14. They agreed to a one-year lease, commencing on June 1, for a second-floor apartment at 215 Dwight St., a building Erlanger owns.
Erlanger said he had no problem with the three tenants for the first two months. They paid their rent on time.
They had already paid for the month of August as well when one of Wood’s two roommates called Erlanger up on Aug. 5 and said they had to break the lease. Erlanger said he didn’t ask why. He said the roommate spoke in a “sad tone of voice”; he assumed it was some sort of family emergency.
At first, Erlanger said, he took it in stride: “People have to break leases. It’s not the end of the world.”
Then he read in the Independent that Wood had moved so that she could run against Alderman Hausladen in Ward 7. That’s not a legitimate reason to break a lease, he said.
“When I read in the paper that it was so she could primary Doug, I was definitely furious,” he said. “It’s clear that someone put her up to this.”
Wood said she moved to 294 Humphrey St. (pictured) on Aug. 5.
Erlanger said he’s scrambling to find a new tenant. If he doesn’t, he’ll charge Wood and her two friends for each month that the apartment is vacant.
It doesn’t seem to be vacant yet, he said. “They all seem to still have stuff there.” He said he visited there over the weekend and found at least one of Wood’s roommates still there.
A Monday morning visit found no one home; furniture could be seen in the second floor apartment. No one was home at Wood’s new address—294 Humphrey St.—either.
“It brings up the question: What is residency?,” Erlanger said. “If you’re paying rent does that mean you live there?”
Contacted Monday, Wood said that she has already moved to Humphrey Street, but that her roommates, who are moving with her, are on a different moving schedule and have not yet fully transitioned to the new place.
Wood said the breaking of the lease is a matter between only her and Erlanger. “That’s not what the question in this race is,” she said. “I’m interested in starting a conversation about the real issues in Ward 7.”
“I’ve fulfilled my obligation to my landlord,” Wood said. “I’ve moved into Ward 7 as a commitment to the people that live in that ward.” She said she plans to “figure out what are the concerns that the ward has.”
Records in the office of the registrar of voters show that Wood changed her voter registration from Ward 2 to Ward 7 on Aug. 5. She had registered as a Democratic voter in Ward 2 in July in order to be a petition circulator for other candidates.
Wood later circulated petitions for her own candidacy in Ward 7. Former UNITE HERE organizer Hugh Baran was one of her circulators as well, and signed off as the official witness on all of her petitions.
Wood told the Independent last week that she had been looking for an opportunity to move into Ward 7 so she could run. She has been involved in union-affiliated groups on campus. She said she is inspired by the agenda that Yale union-affiliated aldermen have been working on. She said she’s also been inspired to see grassroots leaders step forward and to have Toni Harp—whom she supports—seeking to be the city’s first female mayor.
Landlord Erlanger, meanwhile, said he plans to vote for Hausladen, not his former renter.
“It’s got nothing to do with the lease,” he claimed. “She’s not involved in this community. This isn’t a ward where our problems are potholes. ... She has no familiarization with any of this. She spent no time with the management team. It’s crazy to me that she could think she could just hop in having lived in New Haven for two years. There’s just no way I could vote for her. She’s just completely unqualified.”
“I’ve lived in the downtown area for a couple of years,” Wood replied. “I’m not going into the race to impose a vision.” Wood said she wants to “start a conversation. That’s the kind of leadership the ward needs, to give a voice to the people in the ward.”
Tags: Ella Wood, Josh Erlanger, Doug Hausladen.
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I support some of the union supported alder people on the Board of Aldermen (soon to be Board of Alders). Some of them have done a great job for their constituents. I support alders who are also not union supported. This candidacy, however, is insulting. This young woman knows nothing about the Ward she is running in, has not been involved in the community and was not even registered to vote until recently. It is embarrassing for 34 and 35 to support her. They should suggest she drop out.
The Unite Here story gets weirder by the moment. First their leader, who lives in the suburbs, crows publicly about how he now controls the entire city (in defense, Perez said he just got carried away). Now they have Hugh Baran circulating petitions for a non-resident.
The results are clear: city unemployment high and rising relative to other areas, stalled construction, cancelled affordable housing, and anemic job growth in 2012, after almost 8 very good years prior to the Unite Here takeover.
I generally believe that disputes between two parties are private matters and not relevant for campaign fodder. Therefore, the story to me is not that Ms. Wood broke her lease but that she moved apartments a few days before her ballots were due to run for office.
Certainly, Ms. Wood would not be the first person to break a lease or move to a more competitive district to seek office. Moving to Mr. Hausladen’s ward though seems to make her fight all the more challenging. For that, I comment her. Though I do believe her chances of success are slim.
Interestingly enough, I don’t doubt that people will point out her residency or duration of tenure within a certain district. Those will likely be the same people who say that Mr. Elicker’s length of stay in New Haven is not a material issue.
This does sound pretty naive, and a tad bit arrogant:
“I’ve moved into Ward 7 as a commitment to the people that live in that ward.” She said she plans to “figure out what are the concerns that the ward has.”
I suspect this will be a valuable learning experience for Ms. Wood. If I were Doug Hausladen I would not be losing sleep at this point.
So basically, Ella Wood is the kind of person who breaks her commitments when they get in the way of her personal ambitions.
Talk about a carpetbagger! Ms. Wood may be interested in getting involved with politics, and I think her zeal is commendable, but I think it is safe to say that she lacks the experience to be able to speak for her would-be constituents and is going to have a rough time even qualifying to get on the ballot.
Perhaps try communicating with your constituents and getting to know your town and neighborhood before trying to run the place?
“Interestingly enough, I don’t doubt that people will point out her residency or duration of tenure within a certain district. Those will likely be the same people who say that Mr. Elicker’s length of stay in New Haven is not a material issue.”
Hardly a reasonable comparison. Even on the face of it, Elicker has been here for years compared to Wood’s days in her new ward.
And besides, unlike the putative front-runner, Harp, he inarguably actually lives in New Haven, and pays his taxes in the property he lives in.
Who would have credibility enforcing the tax bill on the biggest tax delinquent in the city? Surely not the person who was married to him, and should be running for the Know Nothing Party.
Let’s don’t lose sight of the fact that the Unions are prepared to spend $10,000-$20,000 to get rid of Hausladen. And they are banking on turning out hundreds of Obama-voting Yalies, who, like Ella, know little to nothing about the ward.
How cool is that?
To think you can move into a neighborhood a month before the election, and that you’ll be able to learn the ward and the concerns of it’s residents in that time is, frankly, complete hubris. It’s also insulting.
This is sad. I don’t know if this woman is easily misled, or narcissistic, or what. Or maybe both.
For anti-Hausladen or anti-Elicker people to not admit the carpetbaggery happening here is the absolute height of hypocrisy.
For those same individuals, multiple years spent involved in the community is not enough to merit a run for office. Yet, three days of living in Ward 7 somehow isn’t a problem here?
Thank you for proving that it’s not really the facts that matter to you. You’ve laid yourselves bare with this one.
I’m curious what Erlanger’s lease looks like. Every rental agreement I have signed in New Haven stipulates that the renter is responsible for paying full rent every month through the end of the lease, whether they break it or not, until a new tenant is found.
If his is the same, he should have guaranteed income from these three women until a replacement is found, period. Why is he scrambling?
Let me correct myself for failing to communicate properly.
When I said the Unions are banking on “Obama-voting Yalies”, I did not mean to disparage anyone who voted for Obama. (As did I…)
What I meant was to point out that there are many voters in Ward 7 who registered last year not to participate in local elections, but primarily to vote in the Presidential. These are the voters the Unions are out to identify and then drag to the polls on September 10th.
That they will spend thousands and thousands of dollars doing so is my primary complaint.
Shrug Off Notes:
1. There is a big difference between six years and six minutes.
2. Breaking a lease is breaking a promise, it’s denigrating a promise. It’s playing ignorant to the rules of leasing an apartment. Come to think of it, that’s exactly the line that Toni Harp uses on taxes, liens, debts and slum conditions in elderly housing.
3. Strike up the band and play Three Blind Mice - one for a mayor wannabe; the other for a alderman wannabe both Unite-d in self absorption and arrogance, a union agenda and not public service.
While I am a Hausladen supporter, I think the carpetbagging accusations are a little silly. Our wards are artificially small and it’s bit absurd to think that only if you live or have lived within the artificial boundaries of a ward, you can know what’s going on there and represent it well. You might just be a few houses across the line.
Another point: The carpetbagging accusations are particularly absurd with downtown, where so many of the residents are transient—-maybe it’s better for an alder to be transient too to adequately represent the residents!
“It’s crazy to me that she could think she could just hop in having lived in New Haven for two years.”
Imagine living in New Haven for 20+ years and the thoughts that folks have about a large number of our elected officials who have not been in New Haven for more than 10 years. Apparently, there is some value in moving to a place and desiring to help improve the quality of life for yourself and your neighbors.
If you go through the necessary motions, you too can be on the ballot.
Interestingly enough, I don’t doubt that people will point out her residency or duration of tenure within a certain district. Those will likely be the same people who say that Mr. Elicker’s length of stay in New Haven is not a material issue.
Elicker has lived in New Haven for seven years; Wood has lived in Ward 7 for a couple days. Elicker has been involved in the concerns of New Haven neighborhoods for years now and is widely respected in the districts he represents; Wood has, by her own admission, yet to find out what the concerns of her potential constituents are. But I agree with you on one thing: Mr. Elicker’s tenure in New Haven IS a material issue - if he had moved to New Haven a few days ago, I doubt many of the commentators here would feel very favorable to him. Rather, his record shows himself one of the most capable administrators and representatives in this city. To somehow compare his years of relatively successful service with the obscure arrival of an unknown undergraduate in a district she knows nothing about - well, that scarcely merits discussion.
To think you can move into a “city and after less than a decade you believe” that you’ll be able to learn the “city” and the concerns of it’s residents in that time is, frankly, complete hubris. It’s also insulting “to think that you are prepared to run things.” #justsayingwhatfolksarethinking
In a perfect world, folks would earn their right to lead, but this is not a perfect world and opinions are easily swayed. People have the right to vote how they see fit, and that is why we relish in our Americanism. I find it ironic that we now have young Yalies fighting to undue older Yalies and vice versa. Let the mud-slinging commence.
For the Unions—it’s all about the ends justify the means. Not surprising they’d stoop this low.
They stooped quite low two years ago by furiously backing and forcing in a young unsuspecting Latino male into the local political arena as alderman, the quickly overwhelmed 22 (or so) year old Gabe Santiago.
They won’t stop at—they see the light that we all are accused of failing to see. This lady will show us the way.
Just to be ‘Fact’ fair , in Summer 2011, Hausladen, too, moved to Ward 7 to meet the same residency requirement. That is where all similarities end.
I am curious to see how much it costs to buy a seat at the aldertable.
I guess I will start questioning Ella Wood when she has private meeting with the DeStefano administration to secure resources behind Doug’s back.
Has Wood secured patronage to undermine a current elected alderman? No.
Has Wood towed the mayor’s line by advocating for a completely appointed Board of Education? No.
A landlord was has to look for new tenets and folks are crying for a scandal. Yet Elicker can come to power under much more scandalous pretenses and he is the paragon of ethics here.
I think he is scrambling because he wants to fill the space. This gal won’t win, not after a story like this.
@ Saunders—You’ve actually got your facts wrong. Doug did move to Park Street in 2011, but he moved from the Crown Tower which is definitely in Ward 7. His year on Dwight Street was, I believe, from summer 2009-10.
And everybody who underestimates the Unions’ ability to turn out Democratic voters, is missing the reality that Ella could actually win. False promises and $50/vote have worked for them in the past.
“A landlord was has to look for new tenets and folks are crying for a scandal. Yet Elicker can come to power under much more scandalous pretenses and he is the paragon of ethics here.”
What in the heck are you talking about? Are you just making stuff up?
The main scandal I see is that there is a credible, front-running candidate who is living off the legacy of the city’s largest tax delinquent. What credibility can she have as a tax enforcer?
She also brags about leveraging her position as a legislator to funnel millions in state funds to her private employer:
“2008 Financial Disclosure: Harp reported outside income from the Hill Health Center, which received $378,00 in state funds in 2008, including $121,000 for homeless health services, according to her disclosure form. In 2006, she raised eyebrows by issuing a press release touting a $6.2 million state grant for her employer.”
The shame will be on the city of New Haven if she is elected.
I’ll bite Atticus Shrugged. There is a world of difference between moved to New Haven to attend Yale, setting roots down in New haven (civic envolovement and buying a house), running for Alderman and proving to be one of the best members of the BoA, and then running for an office (Mayor) that one is qualified for, knowing what the issues are, and having actionable plans versuses breaking a lease to be able to run for an office against a very effective and respected canidate, while promising you will learn what are the issues while claiming that ward is poorly represented.
Eddie, given that Ms. Wood is part and parcil with your movement and paradine, I would not expect you to question her, nor understand while people find her run objectionable.
I put it to everyone, before Doug ran for a position on the BoA, he had been chair of the DTWS CMT (which he ran very well).
Well, I think class is in session, and she is going to get schooled. If not, we will have traded one of our best BoA members for a (poorly running) machine.
If this girl does get elected with Local 34/CCNE support, I am going to be filing a number of Freedom of Information Act requests regarding her candidacy, both with her and the social engineering groups she has been working with to see just how connected her efforts are to theirs, and how much they egged her on to make this move. I hope it doesn’t interfere with her homework.
Notably, the Harpies continue to whine about Elicker’s meeting (as a private citizen) with public officials to discuss his East Rock Park volunteer efforts. The Unions are all about control and their efforts to manufacture a scandal make this evident.
She said she plans to “figure out what are the concerns that the ward has.” Good plan, so far.
She is too precious!
I want to break my lease in Ward 9 to move to Ward 7 so I can vote for Hausladen and against her.
This is absurd. The scary thing is she might even win despite this ridiculous chain of events and the fact she is clearly not qualified. I had a very favorable opinion of unions prior to this election process. I still think they do a great job in the role they were designed for: representing their members in negotiating their respective contracts. That doesn’t mean I want them to control every single position within the city government! I don’t think it’s good for ANY single group to have so much control of the government.
Why are they so hell bent on political power? What exactly do they want to do with complete control of our city government? I’m not looking for “they are for good schools, less crime, more jobs” because that’s what all candidates want. I’m asking what specifically do the unions want that makes them so passionate about taking complete control, that they feel they will not get with other candidates? That they have to go to such extremes as this to get another “union backed” alder? Don’t we want a mayor (and alders) who will do what’s in the best interest of the most residents/taxpayers of New Haven, not people who are only looking out for the interests of one group??
Ms. wood claims that she has moved but her roommates have not. Her roommate Avani Mehta circulated petitions with an address listed in ward 7. How is this not election fraud? At the very least Ms. Mehta’s primary petition should be invalidated. Someone needs to follow up on this with the state.
I’m very surprised at all the shock expressed here. Of course the unions are going to do whatever it takes to push out leaders who try to represent the city and install people who play by their rules. It’s the best way to insure the continued flow of $$ out of the pockets of the residents and businesses of New Haven and into the pockets of the union connected folk in the suburbs.
Why do you think Toni Harp jumped into the race so suddenly? Are we to think that she had an epiphany or is it safer to surmise that the unions needed someone to backfill for John D and make sure that a straight shooter such as Elicker doesn’t get in and gum up the works?
Breaking a lease isn’t illegal! If she broke the lease and refused to pay damages that’d be something. But even if you break a lease the landlord is obligated to mitigate damages and I’d bet he won’t have trouble filling his building (especially with all the free advertising he’s getting!).
Moving between one of New Haven’s THIRTY wards is “carpetbagging”? C’mon. If the Yale unions which are so reviled here are inspiring young people to run for political office we should be applauding them.
Ms. Wood says she wants a conversation—if you think her connection to the unions is going to affect her stances on the issues, that’s a good place to start one. Attacking her over LEASE BREAKING AND MOVING A FEW YARDS is kinda silly, no?
HhE—You take great leaps of faith to press your points canonizing Elicker.
1. “There is a world of difference between ... running for Alderman and proving to be one of the best members of the BoA…” Elicker’s lack of any discernible legislative accomplishment on the BoA belies your claim that he is “one of the best”. Certainly, if he is compared with his peers like Perez, Lemar, Clark etc he would certainly come up short. I frankly can’t think of any significant legislation Elicker successfully brought to fruition. And it is very telling that none of his peers (save Hausladen) has endorsed his run for Mayor. What does that tell you if only 1 of 29 legislative peers judges you to be a better potential Mayor than your rival, who is solidly endorsed by at least 20 of your friends.
2. “...then running for an office (Mayor) that one is qualified for, knowing what the issues are, and having actionable plans…”. Elicker from East Rock served 1 full term and then launched his quest for Mayor with little, if any, knowledge or exposure to the conditions and people in the Hill, West Rock, Dixwell/Newhallville, Fair Haven, Dwight, East Shore/Annex, etc. His goal and intent was presumably to learn those problems and people as his campaign unfolded. To his credit, he has shown a willingness to reach out and learn those areas. However, it is entirely possible for Ms. Wood to do the same with Ward 7. And because that ward is largely populated by Yale affiliated residents, her Yale background makes her uniquely qualified to represent them. She is no more a “carpetbagger” to Yalie interests than Elicker is to Beaver Hills’ interests.
It is not silly at all. Ella Woods has claimed that Ward 7 needs a better alderman, and that she is going to figure out what that means after she moves, which is narcissistic and insulting at best.
It also just so happens that she’s been working for and With Local 34 and partners, and wants to bring democracy to one of the only wards with an alderman that WASN’T put in place by Local 34.
You can call that silly if you look at the face of it only. If you scratch just a fraction of an inch deeper, it’s obvious that she is a pawn.
Why do the unions want every seat on the board? What is their plan?
Elicker does have one thing going for him. Unlike Sen Harp, he owns a house in New Haven and pays his taxes.
“it is entirely possible for Ms. Wood to do the same with Ward 7. And because that ward is largely populated by Yale affiliated residents, her Yale background makes her uniquely qualified to represent them.”
I would love to see your detailed analysis of the population breakdown of Ward 7 that backs this up, because I think it’s just hot air. I do work at Yale, and I definitely don’t want a 19-year old kid from out of state representing me, especially when she’ll be gone in two years.
An undergrad has no clue what it’s like to have to pay her own rent (without money from family or student loans), to hold a real job, to pay her own taxes, to own a home, or to run a business…all things myself and fellow Ward 7 residents care about. An undergraduate student, not even from Connecticut no less, just has ZERO life experience in that area. She might have a lot of idealistic notions and great thoughts about Democracy, but she has no idea what it is like to be a responsible adult holding down a real job and trying to make ends meet, let alone how to address our concerns with a labyrinthian city government.
By the time Ella Woods figures out who to contact in the city about, by the time she has even half a handle on how to address the needs of the people in Ward 7, she will be out the door.
That aside, being a student at Yale means someone is uniquely qualified to represent other people at Yale how, exactly? How is an undergraduate going to help someone working in one of the labs, or one of the kitchens, or one of the departmental offices, and better than someone who is not a student at Yale? Please enlighten me to that, I cannot wait.
Can you prove your statement is true? That is a pretty serious offense. Whichever campaign they worked on should have their petitioners’ addresses all verified, at the least.
If Mehta falsified that document, charges should be filed. This isn’t a game.
“Ms. wood claims that she has moved but her roommates have not. Her roommate Avani Mehta circulated petitions with an address listed in ward 7. How is this not election fraud? At the very least Ms. Mehta’s primary petition should be invalidated. Someone needs to follow up on this with the state.”
Breaking the law = illegal
Breaking a contract = subject to civil action
In this case, just plain wrong because Ms. Wood is simply shilling for Boss Proto and UNITE who want to completely dominate New Haven politics and dig deeply into Yale’s and citizens pockets.
Razzie, no leap of faith. I actually know and understand Justin Elicker. I also know that you do not “get him.” Your claim that he does not know his way out of East Rock without a GPS, rather proves that.
Given the UNITE HERE control of the BoA, no one is going to get legislation through that is not design to fit their adjenda.
Did you know that Roiland Lamar endorses Justin? The BoA is not his “friends.” They are an elected body. If one does not look behind the rationale for an endorsement, than an endorsement is not understood.
I find your arguements to have profound flaws in their premis, structure, and presentation.
Ilivehere, my understanding is that the State Elections Enforcement Commission is not a proactive agency. They will only pursue any investigation once a formal complaint has been submitted. Just fill out the form and submit it and maybe they will look at it.
I do have proof here it is http://s24.postimg.org/93rpqipw5/proof.jpg
Here is the State Elections Enforcement Commission complaint form to fill out in regards to the alleged falsification of documents by Avani Mehta.
If you can post legit proof of her falsification, I’ll file a complaint as well.
posted by: ScottVig on August 13, 2013 1:49pm
It’s great when young folks engage in local politics. It’s exactly this kind of activism that this country and New Haven need more of, and I hope that no matter the election’s outcome, both Wood & Hausladen will continue to serve and be a part of their local communities.
However, if Wood is serious about becoming a part of Ward 7, then why run so quickly? Why not first get to know some of the folks and businesses in the ward? Why not try to understand the city a little better before running for office?
She says she plans on first finding out what’s important to Ward 7 residents. With all due respect, I prefer an Alder who’s done his or her homework beforehand, not after he or she’s been elected.
Does Yale really teach its undergrads to take a test before studying? Because that’s what this seems like.
Wood seems to believe that a campaign based on running now and asking questions later is what New Haven (or at least Ward 7) needs. She implies that she can do a better job than Hausladen. Another question: Has she even met with Hausladen or any of the other alders or business owners in the city to express concerns or ideas?
In sum, Ward 7 has a high school graduate, with little experience in New Haven, let alone Ward 7, running against a college-educated alder with experience, demonstrated dedication, and familiarity with both the city and its constituents.
Perhaps I’m biased. It’s hard not to be sometimes.
The person who’s running for alderwoman* says her ward needs someone better? I wouldn’t call that “insulting at best,” Curious. That’s just what people say when they run for office. Is running for office narcissistic? To a certain extent yes but that applies to anyone who runs for office.
This, though, I don’t like:
“An undergrad has no clue what it’s like to have to pay her own rent (without money from family or student loans), to hold a real job, to pay her own taxes, to own a home, or to run a business…all things myself and fellow Ward 7 residents care about. An undergraduate student, not even from Connecticut no less, just has ZERO life experience in that area.”
1. You don’t know her life!
2. Some undergraduate students know just as much about life (if not more) than some people who are middle-aged. Talking about “real” jobs and “real” problems and acting like anyone who hasn’t run a business or owned a home doesn’t have anything to add in our democracy—THAT is “insulting at best.”
What difference does it make if she’s not from Connecticut, either, by the way? Aren’t we ONE NATION, indivisible? Since when do you have to show your passport along I-95 (let alone when you move from one ward in New Haven to another)?
Ms. Wood is inspired to be a part of city politics. If city politics is as labyrinthine as you say, a young new voice will be a breath of fresh air.
And who’s to say she’ll leave when she graduates? Maybe she’ll feel so welcomed in New Haven that she’ll choose to stay. The future of New Haven would be much brighter if people like her were embraced and engaged instead of villified.
More people like Ella Wood means more people like Justin Elicker—New Haven needs as many smart young people energized about the future as possible.
Hmm. I don’t think that’s really a smoking gun, though.
If they signed the lease before the 6th, the date she signed, it’s no big deal whether her stuff was moved out or not. Per the DMV, the lease itself is proof of residence, and all she needs is one more thing, which could be mail she had delivered there.
Do the circulators need to be a resident of the ward for which they are collecting signatures? I don’t see that anywhere in that document.
I have been thinking about all this, I think I got it wroung. Oh, it is offensive that 34/35 would put someone like Ms. Woods up to this, but the contest will be good for one and all. In any debate, Doug will be able to articulate a vision of transpancy, responsability, and his comitment to ward and city. Ms. Woods will no doubt embarrius herself, but more critically, embarris the new Machine. Bring it on, toosers, I say. Doug’s win will have great ligitimacy, and UNITE/Here with have a bright light shined on them.
Pr the Charter. requirements for circulating a petition for signatures would be that the person is a registered New Haven Democrat. One does not have to live in the specific ward. So that’s moot.
As to determining residency for Ella and her roommates, you are right. A new lease is all that would be necessary.
The bigger question is what level of support did the Unions promise Ella to get her and her roommates to move? Also, who is covering the downside risk of paying for not just two August rents, but two September, October, November, etc. rents as well?
If someone “suddenly” decides to run for public office in New Haven, Unitehere cannot be far behind. Harp is running only because the Union needed another DStefano, and they got it with her. Can anyone provide one shred of evidence demonstrating how Harp was publicly critical of anything that DeStefano did over a 20 year period? Where did her sudden decision come from after she endorsed another candidate, and said she wouldn’t run unless struck by lightening. While the word lightening sounds like Unite Here, the two are not the same.
As for the young woman who is the subject of this article, it is one thing to be eligible to run, but another thing entirely to be qualified. You may be one, but given that you know nothing about the issues the people are facing, or how to show the right and proper leadership, you are not qualified. You look like a puppet for the Union, but you have a lot of company in that space.
New Haven is fast becoming the butt of the worse political jokes in the state, and we deserve to be.
Doug is the best alderman in the city. He has much bigger fish to fry.