David Martin, currently a member of Stamford's Board of finance, publicly announced he's looking to trade up Monday night when he hosted a crowd at the Stamford Government Center to officially throw his hat into the mayoral ring.
Martin's experience in the city beyond the Board of Finance includes 22 years on the Board of Representatives, of which the last eight he spent as president.
Martin said there were five things he would like to focus on in his bid to become mayor:
- Economic Opportunity - growing Stamford's industry.
- Education - delivering quality education from Pre-K onward.
- Public Safety - not simply focusing on crime, but about confidence of the safety of children in school.
- Infrastructure - taking Stamford in a greener direction.
- Government - working to make it a more open, transparent and honest institution.
Martin said it was time for Stamford government to do more with less and work to resolve not issues that the politicians had deemed important, but that its citizens deem important.
"It an issue is important to you, or the issue is important to your family or your neighbor, it is important to me," he said during a speech at the government center, later adding, "Let's get to work."