There is an odd wrinkle in New Haven’s hotly contested mayor’s race. The city’s Democratic Town Committee failed to submit the results of its recent convention to the city clerk’s office on time.

Toni Harp for Mayor Campaign Manager Jason Bartlett says that means Harp, and the aldermen candidates who won party endorsement at the convention, must unexpectedly collect petitions to get on the primary ballot.

If the results had been submitted on time, Harp and the other the candidates who won their party’s convention would automatically have their names placed on a primary ballot.

“We are just going to invigorate the campaign,” Bartlett said. “We need people to pitch in. It is not what we expected, but we are asking all our volunteers to hit the streets, and get the signatures.”

Harp must collect more than 24-hundred signatures, in less than two weeks.

Bartlett says someone with the town committee sent the results to the secretary of the state’s office, instead of the city of New Haven’s clerk’s office.

The primary is September 10.


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