Republican contender and former Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele released the following statement congratulating Martin but announcing the certainty of his win come November:
"I want to congratulate David Martin on his victory tonight in the Democratic mayoral primary. Regardless of the Democratic candidate, my focus will remain on the people of Stamford and I will continue to communicate my message of fiscal responsibility, educational improvement, jobs and progress to the residents our great city.
"I have said from the beginning that while this is a political campaign, the issues facing Stamford are not political. This race is about who is best qualified to move our city forward. I have the experience and vision to lead Stamford to its very best days. I know how to get things done and I know how to lead. The general election phase of the campaign begins tonight and I look forward to winning in November."On Tuesday night, at Martin's celebration for his win, he wasted no time calling for a refocus of the campaign as the fight is not yet over. As the evening winded down, he echoed his earlier sentiments.
"The next step is to win in November. I have a long standing commitment to the people of Stamford and it's time to put them first. The next step is the next election and we will move forward together as a party. We will reunite, reorganize and refocus moving forward.
"I have an extremely dedicated group of people behind me. A lot of people in Stamford are excited to have someone lead who knows what they're doing. This is a great win for the local Democratic party. I'm getting the message out there that we're going to win in November."