The following is a press release from the Jack Stacey for Mayor campaign.
Jack Stacey of Forbes Place in East Haven was joined at Tolli's Pizza on Main Street by more than 80 people there to see him officially announce his candidacy for mayor.
Stacey noted that the decision was made to dissolve the exploratory committee and officially announce, "after the overwhelming support I received at a fundraiser, Saturday, and the support I've been getting from throughout East Haven over the past few months."
"I want this to be a team effort. I want everyone's input. Government of this town should be open, transparent, and participatory. You're not going to hear "I" a lot - this is about "we" as a town now," he said after being introduced by a fellow member of the Democratic Town Committee (DTC).
Stacey highlighted Town Management, Economic Development and Quality of Life as the three areas he wants to improve as mayor.
“This is my vision for East Haven but I need your help to ensure we only implement the best ideas,” he said to the crow.
They held signs that said “I Back Jack” and “A Better East Haven, Together.”
Stacey mentioned key issues he wants to tackle ranging from town revitalization along the I-91, I-95 corridors, better emergency preparedness and response, and using his background in public school education and organizational management to work with “other passionate East Haveners who want to do good for our town.”
Many members of the East Haven DTC were present, as was Jack's wife, Susan, and his two daughters and three young grandchildren.
“I'm proud of my dad,” his daughter Meagan said, “both my parents have been involved with different clubs and organizations for years in East Haven through our church and in other ways. He's going to make a great mayor.”
Stacey concluded his remarks by stating, “we have to work to improve the quality of all residents. There is no us versus them, it's just US. We have to work together if we want to move forward and become the economic hub that we could be, become the town we could be. Let's work for a better East Haven, together.”
For more information about the candidate or to donate to the campaign, contact the campaign at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Editor's Note: Stacey is now the second Democratic candidate to officially make a run for the town's top elected post, with fellow party member Gary DePalma making his announcement last month. Current, Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. has yet to announce he'll be seeking re-election, although sources within the town's Republican Party says he will be running again this fall.]