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Former Mets, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine enters Stamford mayor’s race

Former Major League Baseball manager Bobby Valentine is running for mayor of Stamford as an unaffiliated candidate.

“The greatest commodity I have is my time,” Valentine said in his campaign kickoff video, “and I want to give my time and my energy and my wherewithal back to the city that has given me so much over my lifetime.”

Valentine, 70, is a Stamford native and one of the most decorated high school athlete’s in state history, achieving all-state status in football, baseball and track and field and holding records for career touchdowns (53) and the 60-yard dash.

He was the fifth overall pick of the 1968 amateur baseball draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers and made his MLB debut in September 1969. He spent 10 seasons with the Dodgers, San Diego Padres, California Angels, Mets and Seattle Mariners before turning to managing, where he led the Texas Rangers, New York Mets and for one season, the Boston Red Sox.

More recently, Valentine was Stamford’s director of public safety. He currently serves as director of athletics for Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.

Valentine has long been a Republican; in 2014, he hit the campaign trail with then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to support Republican gubernatorial nominee Tom Foley.

But Valentine is running as an unaffiliated candidate and said one of the goals on his agenda is “bringing people together.”

The current mayor of Stamford, Democrat David Martin, is running for reelection. Democratic state Rep. Carolyn Simmons is also running. The election will be held on Nov. 2.

 

 

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