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State. Rep. Caroline Simmons to challenge incumbent David Martin in Stamford mayoral race.
News 12 Staff, Published Feb. 10, 2021 Updated: Feb. 10, 2021 6:11 p.m.

 

State Rep. Caroline Simmons, also a Democrat, filled out her paperwork at the clerk's office Wednesday morning.

"I think we need new leadership and a new vision and someone who can bring bold, innovative ideas to the table and a collaborative approach to take our city to the next level," she says. Simmons has represented Stamford in the Connecticut General Assembly for the past seven years. Before that, she worked at the Department of Homeland Security.

State Rep. Caroline Simmons to challenge incumbent David Martin for Stamford mayor

Stamford Advocate, Ignacio Laguarda. Published Feb. 10, 2021 Updated: Feb. 10, 2021 5:55 p.m.

Stamford— Democrat Caroline Simmons has thrown her hat into the ring for Stamford’s mayoral election, but she won’t be alone, as Mayor David Martin has also filed paperwork to seek reelection. The 35-year-old Simmons has represented Stamford for the past six years as a state representative. She said her campaign to become mayor is about bringing new leadership to the city. “Right now, our city is at a critical turning point,” she said, adding that Stamford is dealing with the “worst economic and health crisis in a century.” To get out of it, she said the city needs a “leader with a bold vision and new ideas.” If elected, she would become the first female mayor of Stamford.

CT state rep’s former career with Homeland Security informs view of Capitol riot

Stamford Advicate, John Breunig. Published  Jan. 9, 2021 Updated: Jan. 10, 2021 10:56 a.m.

Even on the phone, state Rep. Caroline Simmons, D-Stamford, has a lousy poker face. She’s recalling how her youthful dream of becoming a CIA agent evaporated in the first interview. “They told me I didn’t have the best poker face.” I mildly challenge if that really happened. She folds. “No, I’m kind of joking. You’re supposed to have the ability to be discreet and conceal things, and I knew I just blew that.” Simmons laughs. Anyone who has met her knows she laughs with ease. But the CIA recruiter lost the hand. She could easily be underestimated because of her affability, but Simmons has been wielding a big stick since her days as captain of the Greenwich Academy field hockey team. It’s Thursday, a day after she was sworn in for her fourth term in a Hartford ceremony forced outdoors by COVID-19, made even more surreal a few hours later when rioters breached the U.S. Capitol in a street mugging of America. 

Official: Expect $3B+ in CT business aid under newest federal program

CT Post, Alexander Soule, Published Jan 12,2021 Updated: Jan. 12, 2021 8:13 p.m.

State Sen. Joan Hartley, D-Waterbury, and Rep. Caroline Simmons, D-Stamford, are chairs of the Commerce Committee in the Connecticut General Assembly, which has been assigned an early piece of legislation to “grow the economy by supporting diverse economic opportunities, worker protections and small business revitalization,” with no further details available immediately on Tuesday.

State reps support Stamford Sheraton employees

Stamford Advocate, Op-ED, state Representives David Michel, Matt Blumenthal and Caroline Simmon, Published Nov 21, 2020 Updated: Nov. 21, 2020 6:28 a.m.

Last month, we were surprised to learn the Stamford Sheraton plans to close, potentially leaving our city with one less hotel and threatening workers with long-term unemployment in the midst of a national public health and economic crisis. The Sheraton’s workers, who have already suffered through nine months of unemployment, have been sent notice that they are being permanently let go. As elected officials, we are deeply concerned about the ramifications for our community of the permanent closure of this hotel. In addition to eliminating 107 good union jobs, the Stamford Sheraton’s closure will diminish our tourism and business travel industries, affecting many other Stamford businesses. For these reasons, leaders in our community should oppose the closing of this hotel and insist on fair treatment for these workers.

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