Petition Deadline Looms in New Haven Mayor Race

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The deadline for New Haven mayoral candidates to petition their way onto the September primary ballot is here.

The candidates, including the endorsed Democrat, state Sen. Toni Harp, faced a 4 p.m. deadline Wednesday to submit 2,406 signatures to the registrar of voters.

Even though Harp overwhelmingly won her party’s backing from the town committee on July 23, her campaign had to collect signatures because the city’s Democratic Party missed the deadline to turn in the convention results.

Jason Bartlett, Harp’s campaign manager, said the campaign already submitted thousands of signatures for review. He expects more than 5,000 will ultimately be turned in.

Bartlett said the campaign “bounced back from the town committee’s error” and used the petition drive to energize volunteers.

Several other candidates have also been collecting signatures.

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