NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A New Haven high school principal who's been in the headlines quite a bit over the last year and a half is officially announcing his run for mayor.
Hillhouse High School Principal Kermit Carolina tells News 8 his decision to run for mayor is because he understands the challenges faced by students and families across the city.
Carolina is a lifelong New Haven resident. It came as a surprise to many when he announced a few months ago that he was considering a run for mayor.
Carolina came under fire when an investiagtion into a cheating scandal involving student athletes was launched. After the investigation, Carolina said there was no evidence of cheating and the initial launch was based on politics and him not making political contributions to Mayor John DeStefano.
DeStefano said there was proof; course titles were changed from summer school, grades were changed, and the attendance rules were broken.
A Carolina spokesperson tells News 8 Carolina's main goal now is to focus on the campaign, not the issues the surrounding the cheating accusations.
DeStefano is not running for re-election.
Also running for the Democratic nomination for mayor: State Sen. Toni Harp; state Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield; former city economic development administrator Henry Fernandez; former Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce President Matthew Nemerson; Alderman Justin Elicker; and Sundiata Keitazulu, a plumber.
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