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Former Lt. Governor Michael Fedele announces run for Mayor of Stamford

By Michael Fedele for Stamford's office

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Former Lt. Governor Michael Fedele announced Monday that he has filed the necessary paperwork with the Stamford City Clerk and has officially launched his campaign for Mayor of Stamford.

“Stamford has been my home since I immigrated to America with my parents when I was three years old, 55 years ago,” Fedele said. “It was a place of unlimited opportunity then, and it remains one of the Northeast’s most vibrant and successful cities.”

“But Stamford has not been immune from the state’s economic struggles,” he said. “Our city does face some challenges and I have the commitment, the experience and the vision to lead Stamford to its very best days.”

“The way to ensure success in the future is to work on what has made us successful,” Fedele said. “We built our success with a strong public education system, strong neighborhoods and a healthy business climate that created jobs and brought new businesses. We evolved into a place with one of the best quality of life factors in America by balancing the needs of economic development with controlled, rational and appropriate development.”

“What is at stake in this election is the city’s economic future. Stamford is an economic engine, both locally and regionally,” he said. “If Stamford succeeds, the region succeeds. If our engine is sputtering, the region will feel those effects as well.”

“I know we can all imagine – and achieve – a future for our children and our grandchildren of a Stamford that keeps the promise of the American Dream,” Fedele said. “A vibrant community, and a safe and healthy community that nurtures success in all of our residents.”

“The social fabric of our community is a tapestry – we have wealth and we have poverty and as a city, our challenge is to make sure that all of the members of our community benefit from the opportunities that so many of our residents have already realized,” Fedele said.

“My life and career have been shaped by Stamford values,” Fedele concluded. “Stamford is not only my home – it has also been in so many ways, my life.

“I went to our public schools. I met my wife here and we raised our family here. I founded an information technology business from scratch here. I did achieve success with the opportunities our community provided to me and I am running for Mayor to make sure we expand those same opportunities now and make sure they will still be here for our children and grandchildren.”

Michael Fedele served as Connecticut’s 107th Lieutenant Governor from 2007 to 2011 where he presided over the State Senate. He is the founder and CEO of the Stamford-based Pinnacle Group, a nationwide IT firm. His 25 years of public service began as a member of Stamford's Board of Representatives from the 13th District (1987–1991). He represented Stamford's 147th District as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1992 until 2002.

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