Paca Makes Nov. 7 Ballot

Paul Bass PhotoNew Haven voters will be able to choose between at least two candidates for mayor in at least one election this fall.

That’s because Marcus Paca has qualified for the Nov. 7 general election ballot as an unaffiliated candidate, in his quest to unseat two-term Mayor Toni Harp.

Jessica Rios reported to her boss, City Clerk Michael Smart, at around 3 p.m. Tuesday that she had verified 293 signatures of New Haven voters that Paca had collected on petitions to make that ballot. He needed only 122.

“This goes to show that democracy is not dead in our city,” Paca said. “But we have a lot more to do.”

Markeshia Ricks PhotoPaca is also collecting signatures to have his name appear on the Sept. 12 Democratic Primary ballot. He needs a lot more verified signatures on petitions to do that — 1,852 signatures of registered Democrats. He said his campaign has collected “at least 2,600” signatures so far and hopes to break 3,000. (It usually takes collecting a lot more than the required number to succeed, since officials usually end up rejecting some, or many, signatures, depending on how carefully they were collected.) He and other candidates petitioning to have their names on the primary and general ballots have until 4 p.m. Thursday to turn in those petitions.

Thanks to a quirk of state law, two different city offices on the second floor of the 200 Orange St. municipal government building review petitions and certify whether candidates make the ballot. The Registrar of Voters Office has the big job: reviewing petitions for the primary ballot. The City Clerk’s Office has the more modest job: reviewing petitions for the general election ballot. Only 122 signatures are required to make the latter ballot for citywide positions. Candidates for alder need as few as three signatures in some wards.

As a result, a slew of alder candidates is submitting petitions to both offices so they’ll have two shots at winning this fall, in both the primary and general elections. In the past, Democratic primaries have been considered the real elections in New Haven since most voters are Democrats. However in recent years, as New Haven’s unaffiliated voter rolls have grown, some general election races have grown competitive, and more of these two-round contests have been developing.

According to the most recent available figures, the city now has a total of 54,216 active registered voters: 37,048 Democrats, 2,348 Republicans, 14,321 unaffiliated, and 499 minor-party members.

For instance, Ira Johnson (pictured), who hopes to make the ballot to run for clerk, left 200 Orange St. Tuesday with petitions for the general election. He said he has collected about 1,200 signatures so far to make the Democratic primary ballot, with only a bit more than 24 hours to go until the deadline. He said he plans to pursue the 122 signatures for the general election as a back-up.

Americo Carchia (pictured), who hopes to challenge party-endorsed probate judge candidate Clifton Graves Jr. in the Democratic primary, dropped off a batch of completed petitions and picked up more blank ones Tuesday in the Registrar of Voters office. He has concentrated on just the primary ballot, he said. So far he has collected around 2,100 or so signatures, he reported, so he was hustling to build the margin.

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posted by: HewNaven on August 9, 2017  9:58am

Paca is displaying an obvious illuminati (i.e. yale union) hand gesture in the picture above. Just what New Haven needs, more reptilian overlords.

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on August 9, 2017  10:24am

posted by: HewNaven on August 9, 2017 9:58am

Paca is displaying an obvious illuminati (i.e. yale union) hand gesture in the picture above. Just what New Haven needs, more reptilian overlords.

Mayor Harp has a MS in Environmental Design from Yale University.How do you know she is not in skull and Bones?

posted by: Bill Saunders on August 9, 2017  11:54am

Hew Naven,

The hand gesture you are trying to vilify as being Yale/Illuminati was actually popularized by heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio…  it was supposedly inspired by his Italian Grandmother who used the gesture to ward off the ‘evil eye’.

So, actually, a pretty fitting gesture, given the situation…

posted by: 1644 on August 9, 2017  1:28pm

I thought the hand gesture was “Hook’em, [long] horns!,” indicated Paca was a fan of Texas (Austin) college football. 
3/5’s: An The MS in environmental science granted by the School of Forestry and Environmental Science, a graduate-level professional school.  Membership in Skull and Bones is limited to seniors of Yale College (the undergraduate part of Yale U.), which Harp never attended.  All of the secret, senior societies at Yale are limited to College seniors.  St Anthony’s is the only pseudo-secret society that I know of that is open to non-seniors, but none exist for professional students.  It had a nice pool table..

posted by: Frank Columbo on August 9, 2017  1:47pm

We are elated by this news! Suffice to say those worker bees at City Hall can now rest assured that State budget deficit related lay-offs will be postponed until after the general election.  Marcus and Mendy have proven to be quite the force to be reckoned with!

Perhaps they will realize a pragmatic approach to address the potential lay-off scenario is to offer those employees with 25 years or more, thus Maxed out on their pensions, a Golden Handshake - incentives to retire such as a one time cash payment (previously $20,000.00) and lifetime inclusion in the Group medical insurance which does require a monthly premium.

That’s the number 1 reason people wont retire despite having weekly pension payroll deductions (some exceeding $5K annually) they will never recoup! It goes to others. For those of you unfamiliar with “Maxed out Pension) in a nutshell: the longer you continue to work and contribute to the pension, it is capped at 70% of your annual earnings.  You do not increase your pension at all by continuing to work beyond 25 years. You are voluntarily relinquishing those pension deductions to the City.

posted by: HewNaven on August 9, 2017  2:06pm

Nice try, Saunders.

George Clinton and Parliament were using the “devil horns” hand gesture at least 5 years before Dio. Regardless, the Illuminati co-opted the sign during the presidency of George HW Bush. Now anyone who uses it is suspect.

posted by: Brian L. Jenkins on August 9, 2017  3:35pm

@ HewNaven,

I’m curious, had he kept his hands down, what signal would he have been displaying with that gesture?

To reduce your negative criticisms of Mr. Paca to that level, denotes that your dislike of the man is far greater than politics.

I’m not supportive of Toni Harp.  Simply because I fundamentally disagree with her politics and of her decisions to try and ruin the lives of the likes of Nicole Jefferson, Ron Manning, the (former) needle exchange “soldiers,” the Paca’s and many other employees who didn’t deserve to lose their job.  Harries left a debt of almost 5 million when he was superintendent, but she faught like Wonder Woman to try and keep both he and Esserman.  No, I don’t talk about the way she wears her hair or how she swings her arms.  My criticisms of her are geared specifically toward her politics only. 

Interestingly, when she sees me she’ll walk right by me and refuses to speak.  Of course I find humor in that somewhat peevish behavior.  She created the divide that exist between she and I, but feels compelled to not speak.  Laughable.

I’m different from most people.  I can’t sit idly by and watch someone be mistreated and or be taken advantage of and say nothing.  E.g., when she fired Nicole Jefferson, I thought she (Nicole) must have done something wrong in order for Toni to fire her in such a sensational manner.  But as I began to peel the onion back a little further, I realized that she fired her at the behest of Nemerson so he can put his own lackey in her position.  Nicole did nothing wrong.

So what’s your feelings about those gestures HewNaven?

posted by: 1644 on August 9, 2017  4:03pm

Frank:  An early retirement incentive would be a huge mistake for New Haven.  The city employees’ pension fund is only 33% funded as of the last audit, a drop of 3% from the previous year.  (The fund’s investment portfolio lost a lot).  The last thing New Haven needs is more retirees sucking money out of the fund rather than paying into it.

posted by: HewNaven on August 9, 2017  4:25pm

Brian L. Jenkins,

As THREEFIFTHS has already said, Harp is a member of Skull & Bones with ties to the Trilateral Commission. And Nemerson… he’s been known to attend cocktail events with the Better Business Bureau (the worst of them all)!

posted by: Bill Saunders on August 9, 2017  4:27pm

Hew Naven,

Notice I said ‘popularized’ not ‘invented’, but interesting that you invoked ‘The Mothership Connection’..... seems like a fitting metaphor for DTC….things always are a little ‘funky’.

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on August 9, 2017  5:00pm

@ HewNaven,There are Black fraternity and Black Sorority.hand signs.How do you know he is not part of a Black fraternity?

Black fraternity.hand signs.

Alpha Phi Omega Hand Sign

Black Sorority.hand signs

Zeta Phi Beta Hand Sign

AKA Sorority Hand Signs

Delta Sorority Hand Sign

By the way the mayor Harp is a Delta.I have see her use the Delta Sorority Hand Sign.

posted by: HewNaven on August 10, 2017  9:43am

Notice I said ‘popularized’ not ‘invented’, but interesting that you invoked ‘The Mothership Connection’..... seems like a fitting metaphor for DTC….things always are a little ‘funky’.

Bill, you’re right about this one. If we fast-forward to the G-Funk era, we might borrow a metaphor from Snoop Dogg to describe the DTC: [they’re] funky like an old batch of collard greens!

posted by: Brian L. Jenkins on August 10, 2017  12:51pm

@ HewNaven,

Not the “G-Funk era.”  The P-Funk era.

posted by: HewNaven on August 10, 2017  4:57pm

Brian L. Jenkins,

You just made a g-funk error:

posted by: bewildered on August 12, 2017  9:49am

How quickly people forget incompetence: