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Sundiata Keitazulu Files To Run For Mayor

by Paul Bass | Nov 14, 2012 4:31 pm

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Posted to: City Hall, Newhallville, Campaign 2013

A first-time office-seeker from Newhallville Tuesday became the second person to file papers with the city clerk to run for mayor in 2013. His name is Sundiata Keitazulu. Ten-term incumbent Mayor John DeStefano has also filed. Two other Democrats, state Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield and Alderman Justin Elicker, are also “seriously” exploring runs. (Read about that here and here.) A rundown on his candidacy follows; click on the play arrow to watch him discuss it in an interview Tuesday.

Birth name: John Denby. Sundiata Keitazulu “is my religious [Zulu] name.”

Age: 55.

Birthplace: New Haven.

Profession: Plumber. “I’m a snake man.”

Reason for Running: “It’s time for a change. He’s [DeStefano] had 20 years to alleviate the problem. He hasn’t done it. ... I know what the people need and what they want.”

Top Campaign Pledge: To revive the War on Poverty. To create two vo-tech schools.

Another Campaign Plank: Police should “never leave” the street in Newhallville. “I come down here [downtown]; I always see a police presence. Yale can afford its own police department. The inner cities, we’ve been left out in the cold.” In a comment posted to this article, he declared, “When I become Mayor Sundiata Denby Keitazulu, Patisia Adger will be Chief.”

Best U.S. President He’s Seen: Lyndon Johnson, who fought the War on Poverty with social programs. “We need to bring those programs back,” such as CETA (the Comprehensive Education and Training Act).

Best New Haven Mayor Ever: Richard C. Lee. “He was during the ‘60s when people were getting jobs.”

New Haven Heroes: The late community activist Annie Huckaby. Retired Educator Charles Twyman. His 3rd-grade teacher at Lincoln-Bassett School, “Miss Moore. In those days, you called teachers, ‘Miss Moore.’”

Who’s Supporting Him: Some people in Newhallville have suggested he run. He’s making a point of connecting with grassroots anti-violence groups to seek their support, he said.

How To Contact His Campaign: 203-654-5187.

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posted by: PH on November 14, 2012  5:08pm

I’m going to go out on a limb and call his candidacy a long-shot. Like 500 to 1.

posted by: Threefifths on November 14, 2012  6:27pm

I am bring the Rent Is Too Damn High Party here to run.


http://youtu.be/kcsNbQRU5TI

posted by: southwest on November 14, 2012  7:11pm

Ok this is what I meant about non serious candidates running for mayor.Ok Denby, now I no you are joking I don’t no who put u up to this but stop making a mockery out of the policital system. There are more than enough political “clowns” to go around just watch TV..

posted by: SaveOurCity on November 14, 2012  7:39pm

at 500-1, you are being far too generous but I suppose everyone has a right to try.

P.S.  If my choice is this guy or King John, I’ll volunteer for his campaign.  A.B.D.  (anyone but DeStefano)

posted by: Wildwest on November 14, 2012  7:47pm

I’ll go out on a limb and say he could be twice as good for this city as what we have now.

posted by: HhE on November 14, 2012  11:21pm

Question 1.
This candidate is running…
a.  to win as a serious candidate who believes he has the leadership and managerial skills for the job.
b.  as a form of protest.
c.  as a joke.
d.  all of the above.

posted by: streever on November 15, 2012  8:42pm

I think that we’ve finally found a candidate 3/5ths can get excited about.

posted by: HhE on November 16, 2012  12:14am

Streever, how do we know he is not 3/5ths?

[Editor: He is not.]

posted by: Threefifths on November 16, 2012  8:32am

posted by: streever on November 15, 2012 8:42pm

I think that we’ve finally found a candidate 3/5ths can get excited about.
posted by: HhE on November 16, 2012 12:14am

Streever, how do we know he is not 3/5ths?

[Editor: He is not.]

Better then voting for any one who runs with the crooked Two Party system that both of you love.

posted by: streever on November 16, 2012  8:49am

Hhe: I forgot that I’m not supposed to say his name, or I summon him :-X.

posted by: Wildwest on November 16, 2012  8:59am

“Better then voting for any one who runs with the crooked Two Party system that both of you love.”

Once again I’ll go out on a limb and say its not much of a two party system here in this city, its more of a crooked one party system here which to me is even worse.

posted by: HhE on November 16, 2012  9:12am

3/5ths, are you aware that I have never belonged to a political party?  That I am a bit of a monarchist at heart?  That I am disgusted with the lies, corruption, and incompetence of politics at the local, state, and national level?

I love The Constitution, which I am sworn to defend.  I love liberty and the responsibility that comes with it. 

I do not believe that just because someone belongs to a political party, and has been (or seeks to be) elected that they are a priori corrupt.  How about this, you support the protest vote, and I’ll support Justin or Gary.

posted by: HhE on November 16, 2012  10:57am

streever, LOL!!! for minutes.  Thanks, Mate.

posted by: Threefifths on November 16, 2012  11:28am

posted by: HhE on November 16, 2012 9:12am

I love The Constitution, which I am sworn to defend.  I love liberty and the responsibility that comes with it.

The founding fathers were against a two-party system they view them as factions dangerous to the public interest

There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.
John Adams

In fact the people are on my side.Poll After Poll Shows That Both National Parties Are Deeply Unpopular With An Electorate Looking For Something New And Different.You man Gary is against Term Limits and yoru other Man Justin is for Red light cameras.Keep voting them in.

posted by: HhE on November 16, 2012  11:59am

I am not in favor of a two party system, albeit I will take it over the one party system we have (a token, on paper existence, does not a party make).

I will continue to vote for Gary, as I have every chance I get.  I don’t agree with everything he stands for, but I do agree with most, and I know he is an honorable man, with great drive and commitment.

I don’t get to vote for Justin, but hopefully, come next November, I will get that chance.

posted by: Threefifths on November 17, 2012  1:48pm

posted by: HhE on November 16, 2012 11:59am

I am not in favor of a two party system, albeit I will take it over the one party system we have (a token, on paper existence, does not a party make).

You said this.I love The Constitution, which I am sworn to defend.  I love liberty and the responsibility that comes with it. But The founding fathers who sworn to defend The Constitution were against a two-party system.

I will continue to vote for Gary, as I have every chance I get.  I don’t agree with everything he stands for, but I do agree with most, and I know he is an honorable man, with great drive and commitment.

Then why is this honorable man afraid of Term Limts and the system of proportional representation like the rest of the so call honorable politicians who belong to the crooked two party system.

posted by: HhE on November 17, 2012  6:53pm

3/5ths, the first thing I wrote in my last post was, “I am not in favor of a two party system,...”  I know the writers of The Constitution were opposed to a two party system, so I am I. 

Opposed to is not necessary the same as afraid of. 

Streever, what have I done?  I have summed a spirit that knows not the difference between cause and correlation.

posted by: Threefifths on November 18, 2012  8:40am

posted by: HhE on November 17, 2012 6:53pm

3/5ths, the first thing I wrote in my last post was, “I am not in favor of a two party system,...”  I know the writers of The Constitution were opposed to a two party system, so I am I.

So why not fight like me to get rid of the two party system. if you are opposed?

Opposed to is not necessary the same as afraid of.

But people are afraid.Look at how they vote lesser of two evils afraid to vote third party.

Streever, what have I done?  I have summed a spirit that knows not the difference between cause and correlation.

You have summed a spirt that will keep on fighting to get rid of this crooked two party system.Let me tell you.I may not see it but one day it will happen.

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