Joe Paul Announces Campaign for Mayor


Today, Wednesday February 22nd, Joe Paul filed the paperwork to run for mayor of Stratford.


“When I ran four years ago, I said that it would take an outsider’s perspective to find solutions to the challenges facing Stratford,” Paul said on Wednesday. “Since then, it’s only become more clear that we need to stop electing the same politically motivated insiders to the Mayor’s office. Being from Stratford and raising my own family here, I know what makes this town great and the potential it has. The political gridlock we're seeing now is holding us back, but it doesn't need to."

State Senator Ed Gomes, whose district covers part of Stratford, offered his support to Paul’s announcement on Wednesday.  “Connecticut needs more leaders like Joe,” Gomes stated. “Joe was born and raised in Stratford and knows what his town needs. The community of Stratford taught him the values that made him both professionally and personally successful. He is motivated to run for Mayor because he feels a deep obligation to give back to the town that gave him and his family so much."

Before retiring in 2007, Paul had a forty-year career in banking. Paul worked closely with federal, state, and local government offices to achieve greater levels of efficiency for services. He managed 3,000 employees, turning a failing operation into a profitable one in only two years. Paul currently works as a realtor for William Raveis.

Derby Mayor Anita Dugatto also praised Paul’s decision to run. “Supporting Joe Paul for Mayor is a simple decision based on his financial acumen and the vision he has for the future of Stratford," Mayor Dugatto said Wednesday. "Stratford has the foundation for an economically prosperous future, and I believe it would be realized under the leadership of Joe."

In 2016 Paul was elected to the Town of Stratford’s Zoning Commission. He previously served as a Planning Commissioner and on the Board of Assessment Appeals. Paul has also served on the board of numerous community organizations including the Urban League of Greater Hartford, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Child and Family Guidance Center.

Joe and his wife Linda were high school sweethearts at Stratford High School. Their four children all attended Stratford public schools and still live in town.


Written by Joe Paul for Stratford

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