Democrat William Tong has a new group rooting for him for Mayor. They're the women backing Tong's 2020 Stamford vision.
"My plan, Stamford 2020 to make Stamford one of the best cities in America for families by the year 2020," said William Tong, state representative D-147.
Tuesday, supporters in pink Tong t-shirts wanted women to know their concerns matter. Kate Urbank, Tong's deputy campaign manager, says they created a whole day dedicated to just that.
"Today is about women in Stamford, about their tremendous contributions to our city. Helping to support and care for our families and being huge drivers of our local economy here, our school system, the social services we provide," said Tong.
The state representative made six stops to talk with women about issues from education to social services.
"I'm here to understand what we have here in the city and how much more help people need," said Tong.
One visit was made with Stamford Senior Center members. They voiced concerns about transportation and housing.
"As we get older, we can't afford to keep our houses so we need access to some kind of public housing that will give us assistance," said Gloria Blick, a member of the Stamford Senior Center.
"Stamford has very long waiting lists for seniors that need to get into low-income senior housing. Some of the lists are 7, 8 years," said Betty McKosker, the executive director for the Over 60 Club in Stamford.
Tong also met with staff and volunteers at The Center - which provides counseling and support for victims of sexual abuse in Lower Fairfield County.
"Our issue's an issue people don't like to talk about. Having a mayor express their concerns about it to the public helps everybody else become more at ease with the issue itself," said Ivonne Zucco, executive director of The Center.
The organizations say they appreciated Tong's time.
Tong will face David Martin in a primary election this coming Tuesday the 10th.
**Stamford 2020: Women for Tong photos submitted by Kate Urbank.