Stamford voters to choose between Connecticut lawmaker Caroline Simmons and ex-MLB Pro Bobby Valentine for mayor – NBC New York



What there is to know

  • Voters in Stamford, Connecticut’s fastest growing city, choose between a sitting state lawmaker and a former Major League Baseball manager on Tuesday for mayor of a community that has seen a significant influx of new ones arrivals during the pandemic.
  • The contest pits Democratic state representative Caroline Simmons, who defeated the city’s outgoing mayor in a Democratic primary, against hometown celebrity Bobby Valentine, a former Republican who is running as an unaffiliated candidate.
  • Aside from the mayoral elections in New Haven, New Britain, West Haven, and elsewhere, there are also battles for Connecticut school boards that have featured debates over COVID-19 protocols and how race issues are should be taught in public schools.

Voters in Stamford, Connecticut’s fastest growing city, choose between a sitting state lawmaker and a former Major League Baseball manager on Tuesday for mayor of a community that has seen a significant influx of new ones arrivals during the pandemic.

The contest pits Democratic state representative Caroline Simmons, who defeated the city’s outgoing mayor in a Democratic primary, against hometown celebrity Bobby Valentine, a former Republican who is running as an unaffiliated candidate.

Aside from the mayoral elections in New Haven, New Britain, West Haven, and elsewhere, there are also battles for Connecticut school boards that have featured debates over COVID-19 protocols and how race issues are should be taught in public schools.

In her baseball career, Valentine, 71, led the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Chiba Lotte Marines of the Japanese Pacific League. He also owned a restaurant chain and served as the city’s director of public safety and director of college sports. Simmons, 35, co-chairs the General Assembly’s Commerce Committee and works at Yale University on maternal mental health policy. Previously, she worked in the US Department of Homeland Security on issues of domestic and international terrorism.

The Republican candidate has abandoned the competitive race and supports Valentine.

Polling stations will be open throughout Connecticut Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. All postal ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. on polling day. As in last year’s presidential election, voters were able to use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse this year to vote by mail and deposit their ballots in ballot boxes across the city.


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