Stamford Mayor David Martin issued the following statement:
"I and the Stamford community are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our world’s great leaders. Nelson Mandela set an example for everybody. His unwavering commitment to all people being treated equally and his desire to see us live peacefully as one should inspire us all. His life and extraordinary contributions will be remembered for generations to come."
Congressman Jim Himes also released a statement:
“Nelson Mandela rose above the crushing constraints of apartheid to become a beacon of hope for a world bitterly divided by race. His passion for justice and social change combined with his commitment to the principles of nonviolence and perseverance made him a powerful messenger of freedom, peace, and equality where these ideals had been spurned for too long. The world has lost today one of the most influential and compelling figures in modern history. I join the nation of South Africa – and all those who were inspired by Mandela and the ideals he embodied – in mourning this great loss.”
Governor Dannel P. Malloy issued the following:
“Nelson Mandela’s ‘long walk to freedom’ changed our world for the better. The cause of his life became the world’s cause, and in 1987, the State of Connecticut joined him by banning state investments in companies that did business in South Africa in support of his mission of ending racial segregation policies.
“His reverent passion for justice will continue to inspire generations of citizens to improve social, political, racial, and humanitarian conditions around the world. While the news of his passing is cause for sorrow, we should be forever grateful for his incomparable contribution to the cause for equality.”