STAMFORD, Conn. — Gov. Dannel Malloy came to his hometown of Stamford to officially endorse State Rep. William Tong’s bid for mayor of the city.
“As my lieutenant governor says, ‘He has the potential to be the best mayor in Stamford’s history,” the governor said, receiving many laughs, while repeating a conversation he had with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. Malloy was mayor of Stamford from 1995 to 2009.
The governor also said that he has reviewed Tong’s 2020 plan, which is designed to make the city the best in the country for families by the year 2020, and described it as “spot-on.” He specifically mentioned his positions on business, education and public safety.
“We need a mayor who knows how to capitalize and knows how to get things done,” Malloy said adding that Tong is one of the hardest working people in politics today.
The candidate said that he and his wife, Elizabeth, decided to move to and raise their family in Stamford after seeing all of the momentum and activity Malloy was building as mayor. He believes that people expected that momentum to always be there, but it has stopped without Malloy.
“We are done standing still in Stamford,” Tong said.
He went on to thank the governor for his support in the race because Malloy understands the job better than anyone and is the “gold standard” for mayors in the city and state.
Tong was also endorsed by several unions in town. Local representatives from the Fairfield County Labor Council, United Auto Workers, Service Employees International Union State Council, Service Employees International Union 32BJ, and United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 371 were also present for the rally.
Tong and Board of Finance member David Martin will square-off in a primary on Sept. 10 for the Democratic nomination. The winner will run against Republican Former Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele, Petitioning Candidate John Zito, and Independent Board of Finance member Kathleen Murphy in November.