STAMFORD, Conn. — Bill Callion, former director of Public Safety, Health, and Wellness for the city, has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for mayor.
“I have loved this city for over three decades,” Callion said adding that he has been an active member in several community organizations, “Being mayor would be a continuation of that service.”
He said that Stamford has come a long way since he first came to the city, and wants to be the person who will help it reach its highest potential. Callion added that he is excited and passionate about the race and helping the people of the city.
The mayor’s race in November has been left wide open after Mayor Michael Pavia, a Republican, announced he would not seek a second term. Pavia took over the city’s highest elected position in 2009 after Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, stepped down to successfully run for governor in 2010.
Callion will be running against State Rep. William Tong for the Democratic nomination. Republicans Jerry Pia, Stamford Board of Education member, and former Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele have also announced their candidacies. Others are expected to enter the race as well.
Callion's experience in the city includes serving on the Economic Development Commission, Fire Commission, chaired the Charter Committee in 1995, and six years on the city’s Board of Finance. Most recently he served more than six years as Director of Public Safety, Health, and Wellness until 2009, and now works on Fairgate Farm.
He and his wife, Melvina, have three children and two grandchildren.