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Sarah Eidelson ’12: A senior joins New Haven’s Board of Aldermen.

It is one of the peculiarities of New Haven politics that Yale students control an entire ward of the city, and thus a seat on the Board of Aldermen. Since 1981, that seat has almost always been occupied by a Yale student or recent graduate, and the newest incumbent, Sarah Eidelson ’12, was sworn into office on January 1 along with 13 other rookies on the 30-person board.

Eidelson, a native of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, was elected in November over sophomore Vinay Nayak. Both ran as independents, but Eidelson had the backing of three Democratic alders from neighboring districts and support from local unions. She says she never expected to hold public office—and especially not before she reached legal drinking age. (She is 20.) “I’ve been more interested in community organizing,” she says, “but the exciting thing about the Board of Aldermen is that it’s so local it’s kind of the same thing.”


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