NEW HAVEN — Steve McMichael, Republican nominee for mayor of the city of New Haven, now has a Democratic opponent.

Darren Peterson, a New Haven Police officer, entered the race June 6.

Both are vying for the job of current New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald, Republican, who is completing his fifth term and decided not to run again.

Peterson’s platform includes retaining police officers, increasing transparency in government, and developing the Indiana 930 corridor between Fort Wayne and New Haven.

McMichael said in a statement that these are all topics that he has not only talked about in his campaign for over a year, but is actually working on in his role as City Council president, and former chair of the New Haven Chamber..

McMichael, real estate brokerage owner of Re/Max Imagine Real Estate in New Haven, defeated two others in May to run in the Republican spot in November’s election.

McMichael said in a statement on Peterson’s entry, “My team and I look forward to continuing to run a positive campaign through November. We think that New Haven deserves a campaign based solely on issues, and we look forward to multiple public debates to discuss the issues concerning New Haven.”

Peterson is a New Haven native who joined the city police force in 1994. He works as a school resource officer at New Haven High School.

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