Justin Elicker, a 2010 joint degree graduate of Yale SOM and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, was elected mayor of the city of New Haven on November 5.
Elicker, who upset incumbent Toni Harp in the Democratic primary in September, easily won the general election, facing Harp, now running on the Working Families Party ticket, and two write-in candidates. According to the New Haven Independent, Elicker won more than 70% of the vote.
Since graduating from Yale SOM’s joint degree program with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Elicker has served two terms on New Haven Board of Alders and led the New Haven Land Trust. He ran for mayor in 2013, losing to Harp in the Democratic primary and again in the general election.
When Elicker is inaugurated on January 1, 2020, residents of New Haven will be served by both a mayor and a governor with a Yale SOM degree. Ned Lamont ’80 was elected governor of Connecticut in November 2018.