For the 1st time in 20 years, a Republican is running for alderman in New Haven’s Ward 1.
Interestingly, he’s a Yale junior. Even more interesting (for “06880” readers, anyway) he’s Paul Chandler, a Staples 2010 grad.
Chandler — a member of the varsity track and field team, the sport he starred in as a Wrecker — told the Yale Daily News he will “bring a new perspective to debates traditionally dominated by Democrats.”
Chandler was chosen by the Yale College Republicans after a series of interviews with several potential candidates.
His focus will be on New Haven public education, youth services and public safety.
Chandler — currently registered as an independent, who describes himself as “generally pretty moderate” — is running in a city in which registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 24 to 1.
That’s quite an uphill race.
Then again, Chandler is on the track team.