Candelaria Bows Out Of Senate Race


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State Rep. Juan Candelaria, D-95, announced Thursday night that he will not seek the New Haven Senate seat vacated by Mayor Toni Harp.
Harp recently resigned after 21 years in the state Senate as she assumed office as the city’s 50th mayor.
Several Democrats close to Candelaria confirmed early Thursday he would not fight state Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield, D-94, for the Democratic endorsement, despite a statement from Candelaria’s campaign manager that he was not dropping out. Candelaria made the announcement at the nominating convention at the Hall of Records and said he will support Holder-Winfield in his campaign.
Candelaria met with Harp and Chief of Staff Tomas Reyes on the issue this morning, sources said.
Candelaria didn’t get into the contest for the seat until this past weekend, while Holder-Winfield had made it clear since the summer that he was interested in it as he dropped his own quest for mayor in favor of Harp.
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