Touting his work in getting Stamford on stronger financial footing, New Canaan Republican Michael Handler announced Monday that he’s making a bid for Connecticut’s highest elected office. Handler, 47, filed for a candidate committee for the office of governor July 14 and the state on Tuesday approved his filing, he said. Handler is employed as director of administration for Stamford and serves as director of Emergency Management in New Canaan. In that town, he’s known to thousands of local households as the recorded voice that advises residents about rescue efforts, shelter options, safety precautions and road closures during and after major storms.
He describes himself as a “hands-on” person with background in investments and finance in the private sector who also has “a very strong background in public safety” and the public sector, “having dedicated myself to public office in Stamford for the last five years.”
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Handler said he’s already achieved success in areas that now are of pressing concern for the state, such as negotiating multiple contracts with unions.