This is what made news in Stamford politics this year.
Four candidates stepped up for the city’s top job after Republican Michael Pavia decided not to run for reelection. The ballot included Democrat and Board of Finance member David Martin, Republican and former Lt. Governor Michael Fedele, and unaffiliated candidates Kathleen Murphy and John Zito.
“We need a mayor who has proven that they are honest; that they put the people of the city first, not the big developers, not the big political interests; and are going to listen to the people,” Martin said.
“That’s why I’m running for mayor, is because I want those same opportunities for them and for all our kids. I remember growing up, this being a small town, a little town; now it’s a big city with neighborhoods, and I want to keep that character,” Fedele said.
“Before you make a vote, who’s telling you the truth and who’s giving you a resume; I’m one of the guys that’s not giving you a resume,” Zito said.
“I think I have the hand on experience to deal with these issues and understand how to get things done,” Murphy said.
It was a close race between Martin and Fedele, but Martin triumphed by about 500 votes. The second time was the charm for Martin, after losing to Pavia in 2009.
“I am David Martin and I am gonna be the next Mayor of Stamford,” Martin said during his victory speech.
Martin officially took office on December 1 and was sworn publically the next day.
“I thank you again for your support and your confidence,” Martin said. “I pledge to you that I will do my very very best and I will not let you down.”
Pavia says he plans to return to his to his business and teach at a local university.
He said, “I hope that the next administration is successful and that it’s able to do the kind of things that I was able to do when I was here serving as your mayor. ”
That’s what made news this year in Stamford politics. We’ll see you in 2014