Third candidate files paperwork to run for mayor in Meriden

Third candidate files paperwork to run for mayor in Meriden


Meriden City Hall.

MERIDEN — Community activist Ernestine Holloway has filed paperwork to get on the mayoral ballot in November’s election.

Holloway, a familiar face at City Council meetings, was interviewed by the GOP after expressing interest in running for mayor and received four votes during a Republican Town Committee caucus. The GOP initially selected Larry McDonald to run for mayor, but he later backed out when former City Clerk Irene Masse expressed interest. Masse is now endorsed by the GOP to run. Democrats have endorsed unaffiliated incumbent Mayor Kevin Scarpati.

City Clerk Denise Grandy said Holloway filed paperwork Monday to appear on the ballot as an unaffiliated petitioning candidate.

Holloway said last week she would force Masse into a primary. She could not be reached for comment.

Republican Town Chairman Guy Beeman said Holloway failed to submit paperwork to force a GOP primary by Wednesday’s deadline.

“She had expressed interest,” Beeman said. “We interviewed her like we do anyone who wanted to be considered. I’m not sure what she’s doing.”

Holloway needed 211 signatures to primary Masse but there was no paperwork submitted by Wednesday’s deadline.

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