Election Guide

Sept. 12, 2023
New Haven Democratic Primary

Last updated: Sept. 8


A collage of the candidates running.
New Haven's new ward map.

Has My Polling Place Changed?

The Sept. 12 primary will be the first election since a newly redistricted ward map was implemented on Aug. 7 — so depending on where you live, you may be voting in a new ward at a new polling place.

How can I cast my ballot?

The state hasn't yet implemented an early voting system, meaning that the polls will only be open on Sept. 12 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.Absentee ballots can be requested online and in person at 200 Orange St. They must be delivered to the City Clerk by 8 p.m. on election day.

How can I register to vote?

New Haven citizens can register to vote in time for the primary in person at 200 Orange St. until Monday, Sept. 11, at noon.Unlike the November general election, there is no same-day registration option for the Sept. 12 primary.

Who's on the ballot for mayor?

On September 12, Democrats will be able to choose between incumbent mayor Justin Elicker and challenger Liam Brennan.The primary election's victor will run on the Democratic Party line in the Nov. 7 general municipal election. Elicker is also guaranteed a place on the general election ballot by way of the Working Families Party line.While two other candidates — Shafiq Abdussabur and Tom Goldenberg — had sought to run in the Democratic primary, neither had gathered enough validated signatures to qualify. Abdussabur contested this result in an unsuccessful lawsuit and ultimately dropped out of the race. Goldenberg is now running as a Republican and Independent in the November general election.

Justin Elicker

Nearly four years after first taking office in January 2020, Justin Elicker is running for a third term. Before becoming mayor, Elicker ran the New Haven Land Trust and represented East Rock and Cedar Hill on the Board of Alders.He's highlighted accomplishments including:

And he's promised to follow through on:

Liam Brennan

A political newcomer, Liam Brennan is Hartford's Inspector General, tasked with investigating police misconduct. He previously worked as an anti-corruption prosecutor and the head of the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center.His housing proposals include:

He's also advocated for:

Read about the race from additional sources: CT Insider, Yale Daily News.

Who's running for alder?

Incumbents marked with a star; listed in order of appearance on the ballot.

NeighborhoodWardWho's running?Read more about...
Fair HavenWard 15Frank Redente, Ernie Santiago*Democrats' non-endorsement
Santiago's fundraiser
Redente's campaigning
The AnnexWard 17Salvatore Punzo*, Camille AnsleyEach candidate
Morris CoveWard 18Salvatore DeCola*, Susan CampionThe candidates' stances on climate and Tweed
The ward committee's endorsement
A resurfaced hit-and-run
NewhallvilleWard 20Brittiany Mabery-Niblack, Addie KimbroughThe candidates' pitches
Mabery-Niblack's work with senior tenants
Kimbrough's canvassing
DixwellWard 22Jeanette Morrison*, Anthony GeritanoMorrison's announcement
Geritano's door-knocking
WestvilleWard 25Adam Marchand*, Dennis SerfilippiDebate highlights:
Tax assessment

City Clerk and Board of Education races are slated for the November general election.
Find more political coverage from the New Haven Independent here.

Guide compiled by Laura Glesby; published on Sept. 7, 2023.