On Monday, Connecticut's Governor and Stamford's own former mayor for 14 years, Dannel Malloy issued his endorsement for Rep. William Tong as the next mayor for Stamford.
Speaking at the Stamford Government Center Monday, Malloy addressed a crowd of more than 150 that gathered for the announcement, including a number of union representatives who were also there to support Tong.
"William is the hardest working person in politics today," said Malloy. "His Stamford 2020 Vision is the right vision for Stamford."
It’s the first time Malloy has endorsed a candidate for mayor of Stamford since leaving the office himself. Malloy went on to highlight the initiatives Tong has been discussing as part of his vision for Stamford in 2020.
"Other candidates haven’t faced up to the need for more public safety efforts, but William Tong knows that Stamford needs to hire 25 more police officers to make our cities safe," Malloy said.
"We can make Stamford the best urban school district in the country," he continued. "We have great schools, but we need a leader who will invest in education and see the potential. We also need to continue to bring companies to Stamford – it’s all about jobs. We need someone out there who gets it – and that’s William."
Tong called Malloy a friend, but said it was more important he was a partner.
"For Stamford to succeed – to bring the Stamford 2020 vision to fruition – we need partnerships at the state and local levels," Tong said. "That’s the vision, leadership and partnership strengths I’ll bring as mayor."