The following is a press release from Paul's camp, emailed to Stratford Patch Sunday night.
Joe Paul has announced the formation of his exploratory campaign committee for mayor in Stratford, Conn.
"I was born and raised in Stratford and attended our public schools," Paul said. "This is a town that I have always loved and know it has the potential to be vibrant and successful."
Paul said Stratford is faced with the same economic struggles that challenge our state and other municipalities, and he believes his fresh perspective and vision will make a difference.
In his former role as senior vice president of one of the nation’s largest banks, he managed over 3,000 employees and guided government clients toward products and services that increased government efficiency at all levels.
"Now is the time to stop the stagnation in Stratford. We need a fresh approach in how we conduct town business and how we treat our town residents and businesses," Paul added. "Our property taxes have been going up. Nothing has been done to reverse that trend."
Paul has been married for 47 years. He and his wife Linda are happy to have their four daughters living close by in Stratford along with their six grandchildren.
He currently serves on the Planning Commission and the Board of Assessment Appeals for the town of Stratford.