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Finance Board Candidate Wants to Light Up Stamford

STAMFORD, Conn. — When John Louizos helped out at his father’s garage in downtown Stamford, one of his first tasks each day was to clear out any homeless people, prostitutes and drug paraphernalia from the cars. Now, the Democrat candidate for the Board of Finance looks around the area and does not recognize it.

“I’ll fight like you know what to make sure the city doesn’t go backward,” Louizos said, describing the Stamford he grew up in as “dark” and part of the reason he decided to get involved in local politics.

This will be his third time running for the finance board . Louizos was first elected in 2005 but lost a re-election bid in 2009. He is running again because he believes the city can improve more, and he wants to help it do so. “You have to be in the game to make a difference,” Louizos said.

If elected, he hopes to start his “Little Things Mean A Lot” initiative, which would have each board member monitor capital projects in a portion of the city. The board members would check each neighborhood to see how projects were progressing and to make sure funds were being used appropriately.

Louizos is married and has a 5-year-old son. He is a partner at Curtis, Brinkerhoff and Barrett, P.C. and concentrates in municipal and business law.

Louizos is running against incumbents Mary Lou Rinaldi (D), Bob Kolenberg (R) and Scott Mirkin (R) as well as challengers Joe Tarzia (R), David Martin (D) and Cynthia Reeder (I). Three seats are available, and voters can cast ballots for any three.

The Daily Stamford will attempt to publish profile stories on every major candidate running for office. Election Day falls on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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