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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - State Sen. Toni Harp has been elected the first new mayor of New Haven in two decades.
Harp will also be the city's first female mayor.
The Democrat defeated Alderman Justin Elicker, a Democrat who had petitioned his way onto the ballot. She will fill the seat being vacated by veteran Mayor John DeStefano, the longest serving chief executive in the city's history.
The 65-year-old Harp was first elected to the General Assembly in 1993, representing the 10th senatorial district. She is the longtime co-chairman of the Appropriations Committee.
During the campaign, Harp received support from high-profile Connecticut Democrats, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, and U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal. Harp was touted as the candidate who could build political consensus in the city.
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