New Haven, CT – On Saturday, January 14th, New Haven Mayoral candidate Tom Goldenberg hosted his first campaign fundraising event at Il Gabbiano, in celebration of the candidate’s birthday. The event featured speeches by Goldenberg, his wife Dr. Jessica Holzer, former Elicker transition team member Jayuan Carter, and other supporters.
Dr. Jessica Holzer, a public health professor and program director at University of New Haven, highlighted how she met Goldenberg ten years ago at a swing dance in New Haven and how Goldenberg has always been passionate about being involved in the city. “Tom and I both love New Haven and our love story is a New Haven story. I know that Tom is a capable leader. I know that he has the curiosity, the compassion, the commitment, and the ability to listen and learn that we need in a leader of New Haven.”
“My dear friend Darryl Brackeen Jr has made a decision to be the campaign manager for Tom,” said Jayuan Carter. “However, that wasn’t a pleasant moment for the current Mayor. He decided to attack him and impact his ability to provide for his family. We have to think about character in this election. In a Democracy people are free to have a choice. I’m here because I had a chance to sit down and listen to Tom. I’m here because I want to learn more about Tom and his campaign.”
Goldenberg also delivered an address to the crowd, outlining his agenda on education, safety, affordable housing, and racial equity.
“We are here because we believe that these things can change,” Goldenberg said. “That we can put our schools back on the track to improvement. That we can build diverse centers of cultural and commercial wealth in this city. That we can give alternatives to violence through early intervention and economic opportunity. That is what this campaign is about.”
After the speeches, Goldenberg performed several Beatles songs on guitar with his band.
The event was open to the media.
Mayoral candidate Tom Goldenberg with wife Dr. Jessica Holzer and daughter Ainsley Goldenberg
Dr. Jessica Holzer, Tom Goldenberg’s wife, speaks to the crowd of supporters
Former Justin Elicker Transition team member Jayuan Carter introduces Tom Goldenberg
Mayoral candidate Tom Goldenberg address the crowd of supporters
Mayoral candidate Tom Goldenberg performs music with the band