New candidate joins the race for Stratford mayor

Posted: Updated:
STRATFORD -

Another candidate has entered the race to become Stratford's next mayor.

Republican Sandra Zalik had previously said she was considering a run for mayor and made it official Saturday in front of a crowd of supporters.

Zalik has lived in Stratford for 40 years and previously served two terms on the town council. She says she is a Republican at heart but with an independent spirit.

She touts her business background as an asset for the job, saying Stratford needs a business person and not a politician.

Zalik faces one opponent for the Republican nomination, State Rep. Laura Hoydick.

Hoydick is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Stratford’s current Mayor John Harkins, who is not seeking a third term.

Hoydick won a special election to replace Harkins in the House in 2010 after Harkins became mayor.

On the Democratic side, it is a three-way race for the party's nomination.

Joe Paul, Stephanie Phillips and Len Petrucelli have all announced bids.

Each party will choose their candidate next week, with the election set for November.

  • Connecticut PoliticsPoliticsMore>>

  • Democrat Doug Jones wins election to US Senate from Alabama

    Democrat Doug Jones wins election to US Senate from Alabama

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 10:35 PM EST2017-12-13 03:35:36 GMT
    Tuesday, December 12 2017 10:39 PM EST2017-12-13 03:39:25 GMT
    (AP Photo/John Bazemore). Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones speaks to reporters after casting his ballot Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Mountain Brook , Ala. Jones is facing Republican Roy Moore.(AP Photo/John Bazemore). Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones speaks to reporters after casting his ballot Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Mountain Brook , Ala. Jones is facing Republican Roy Moore.

    Democrat Doug Jones wins election to the U.S. Senate from Alabama, as voters in the deeply conservative and heavily Republican state deal a stark political blow to President Donald Trump.

    Democrat Doug Jones wins election to the U.S. Senate from Alabama, as voters in the deeply conservative and heavily Republican state deal a stark political blow to President Donald Trump.

  • Stamford lawmaker proposes plastic bag ban

    Stamford lawmaker proposes plastic bag ban

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 6:19 PM EST2017-12-12 23:19:25 GMT
    Stamford could become the state's first major city to ban plastic shopping bags, if lawmakers pass a bill Rep. John Zelinsky plans to introduce next month.Stamford could become the state's first major city to ban plastic shopping bags, if lawmakers pass a bill Rep. John Zelinsky plans to introduce next month.

    Stamford could become the state's first major city to ban plastic shopping bags, if lawmakers pass a bill Rep. John Zelinsky plans to introduce next month. 

    Stamford could become the state's first major city to ban plastic shopping bags, if lawmakers pass a bill Rep. John Zelinsky plans to introduce next month. 

  • First selectman race neck-and-neck in New Canaan

    First selectman race neck-and-neck in New Canaan

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 1:13 AM EST2017-11-08 06:13:39 GMT

    With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Republican candidate Kevin Moynihan edged Democrat Kit Devereaux by just 33 votes -- but that total didn't include absentee ballots in the race for first selectman in New Canaan.

    With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Republican candidate Kevin Moynihan edged Democrat Kit Devereaux by just 33 votes -- but that total didn't include absentee ballots in the race for first selectman in New Canaan.

  • Connecticut SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • Photos: Aftermath of NYC subway pipe bombing

    Photos: Aftermath of NYC subway pipe bombing

    A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour.   Images via Getty.

    A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour.   Images via Getty.

  • Photos: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premiere in L.A.

    Photos: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premiere in L.A.

    the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

    Sights and scenes at the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at the Shrine Auditorium on Dec. 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

    Sights and scenes at the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at the Shrine Auditorium on Dec. 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Your Connecticut Weather Photos

    Your Connecticut Weather Photos

    Sunday, December 10 2017 11:03 AM EST2017-12-10 16:03:19 GMT
    Share your weather photos with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CTWeather.Share your weather photos with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CTWeather.

    Share your weather photos with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CTWeather.

    Share your weather photos with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CTWeather.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."