Story at a glance
- Former MLB manager Bobby Valentine is running for mayor in his hometown.
- The 71-year-old, who led teams in both the U.S. and Japan, is now looking to lead Stamford, Connecticut.
- The city’s former public safety director is in a hotly contested race against state Rep. Caroline Simmons.
Former MLB manager Bobby Valentine is running for mayor in his hometown
The 71-year-old, who led teams in both the U.S. and Japan, is now looking to lead Stamford, Conn., The Associated Press (AP) reported. Valentine made it onto the Nov. 2 general election ballot as an unaffiliated candidate with 188 signatures.
“I have passion for this city. I have a skill set that meets the requirements of leadership, management, of team building,” Valentine said in an interview with the AP. “I mean, I would think if there was a job description out there for a mayor, those things would be in it.”
The city’s former public safety director is in a heated race that has garnered national attention against state Rep. Caroline Simmons, who has reportedly accused Valentine of abandoning Stamford to broadcast a game when Hurricane Irene hit in 2011.
Simmons, a Greenwich, Conn., native who co-chairs the General Assembly’s Commerce Committee and works at Yale University, told the AP she believes her message resonates with voters, adding they want a candidate who is “ready on day one.”
“And I think people recognize that he may be a great baseball player and have that celebrity status, but they don’t necessarily want him as mayor or don’t think that translates into being a good mayor,” she said of Valentine.
But Valentine seems certain his time as a professional manager and player in the U.S. and abroad, which exposed him to an array of diverse experiences, is what sets him apart in the contest to lead the city of more than 135,000.
“There’s no chance of a 35-year-old girl who grew up in a private setting, going to a private school in Greenwich, Connecticut, could possibly relate to the diverse culture of Stamford, Connecticut, better than I do, no matter what the age is,” he told The AP. “It’s an absolute impossibility in my mind.”
Valentine boasts a career managerial win percentage of .504 with 2,351 wins.
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