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Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine loses bid to become Stamford mayor

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Caroline Simmons was elected Tuesday as mayor of Stamford, Connecticut, as former MLB manager and player Bobby Valentine conceded defeat in what ended up being a close race decided by absentee ballots.

She will be the first woman to serve as mayor of Stamford, the state’s second-largest city. Simmons called it “a special day for Stamford women. Together we made history.”

The 35-year-old legislator, who previously defeated the two-term incumbent Democratic mayor in a September primary, credited voters with seeking “a brighter future” for Stamford, as it continues to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.