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Mary Messina Glassman (born July 19, 1958) is the current Democratic endorsee for Connecticut's 5th Congressional District. She was the First Selectman of Simsbury, Connecticut from 1991 until 1999 and again from 2007 until 2014, and was a 2010 Democratic primary candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut. She had been the official Democratic nominee for the position in 2006.
Early life and education
Mary Glassman is a lifelong Connecticut resident. One of four children born to Frances and Angelo Messina, Ms. Glassman and her three brothers grew up in New Britain, CT. She attended Roosevelt Junior High School in New Britain and graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School at the top of her class. Ms. Glassman worked her way through the University of Connecticut with a degree in Journalism before attending University of Connecticut School of Law.
Glassman was elected First Selectman of Simsbury, Connecticut in 1991 – she became the first Democratic leader elected in nearly 40 years in the Republican town. She was elected to four more terms before stepping down. Two of her notable achievements were commissioning the International Skating Center of Connecticut, which has become a magnet for professional skaters, and making Simsbury the designated summer home of the Hartford Symphony.
Glassman has also served in the State Capitol – where she worked with Speaker of the House of Representatives Moira K. Lyons and Senate President Kevin B. Sullivan. She then served as Chief of Staff for Lieutenant Governor Kevin B. Sullivan following the resignation of Governor John Rowland. Ms. Glassman clerked for the judges of the Superior Court and as an advocate for CT Voices for Children.
In 2006, Mary Glassman was selected as the running mate for Stamford mayor Dan Malloy's campaign for governor. During the primary election, Malloy lost his bid, but Glassman secured the slot for the Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate, beating West Hartford, Connecticut mayor Scott Slifka 57 percent to 43 percent. According to Connecticut state primary rules, the ticket for Lieutenant Governor and Governor may be split, allowing voters to simultaneously vote for opposing Democratic candidates on the ballot. In 2006 Mary Glassman ran with New Haven mayor John DeStefano on the Democratic Ticket, losing to Republican governor Jodi Rell in the general election.
In 2007, Ms. Glassman returned to Simsbury and was re-elected as First Selectman by a wide margin. Under her watch, Simsbury was recently ranked among the Top 100 Best Places To Live in America by Money Magazine. She also organized a charrette (community design session) on how to improve Simsbury’s downtown area. The result was 800 people participating over five days in September 2009 to come up with a mixed-use plan for the center of town.
Glassman served as Treasurer of the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) and as an executive board member of the Connecticut Council of Municipalities (CCM).
In January 2010, Glassman formed an exploratory committee to run for state office in Connecticut.
On May 14, 2018, Glassman won the Democratic endorsement for Congress for the 5th District at the Democratic convention. Politico noted that the United States Chamber of Commerce endorsed Glassman, on August 13, 2018, the day before the Primary. It noted that it was rare for the Chamber of Commerce to endorse candidates for office, and that it was extremely rare for the body to endorse candidates in Primary races, Glassman being the first, in eight years. Politico attributed the Chamber's support to Glassman centrist position on International Trade.
Jahana Hayes won the Democratic primary on August 14, 2018. Although some observers described their race as a close one, Hayes got almost twice as many votes as Glassman, 24,355 (62.2%) to Glassman's 14,786 (37.8).
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- Mark Pazniokas (2018-05-17). "Jahana Hayes, Art Linares to run in primaries". Connecticut Mirror. https://ctmirror.org/2018/05/17/jahana-hayes-art-linares-run-primaries/. Retrieved 2018-08-15. "Hayes appeared to win the endorsement on the second ballot, but New Britain changed its votes three times before the voting was closed, giving Glassman the endorsement."
- Lorraine Woellert (2018-08-13). "Chamber weighs in on Democratic primary, backing Glassman in Connecticut". Politico. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/13/mary-glassman-endorsement-chamber-of-commerce-775250. Retrieved 2018-08-15. "It was the first time in eight years the Chamber has endorsed in a Democratic primary."
- "Connecticut Primary Election Results". The New York Times. 2018-08-15. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/14/us/elections/results-connecticut-primary-elections.html. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
- Lisa W. Foderaro (2018-08-15). "In Connecticut, Ned Lamont Scores a Decisive Win, and Jahana Hayes Moves Closer to History". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/nyregion/jahana-hayes-ned-lamont-connecticut.html. Retrieved 2018-08-15. "Ms. Hayes, 46, was thought to be a long-shot in the contest against Mary Glassman, a longtime local Democratic politician in the Western Connecticut region. But she embraced her status as an underdog, melding her life story — growing up in Waterbury, Conn., she went through homelessness, a teen pregnancy and economic hardship — into her campaign."
- "Andrew C. Glassman". Pullman & Comley, LLC. http://www.pullcom.com/attorney.asp?key=169. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
- "Democrats to endorse candidate for 5th congressional seat". News-Times. 2018-05-13. Archived from the original on 2018-05-13. https://web.archive.org/web/20180513212808/https://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Democrats-to-endorse-candidate-for-5th-12910849.php. Retrieved 2018-08-18. "The list of possible contender includes former Simsbury Mayor Mary Glassman, New Britain Alderman Manny Sanchez, 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes of Wolcott, and Newtown Rabbi Shaul Praver."
- "Mary Glassman will fight for transportation". News-Times. 2018-07-20. Archived from the original on 2018-07-21. https://web.archive.org/web/20180721105957/https://www.newstimes.com/opinion/article/Mary-Glassman-will-fight-for-transportation-13089487.php. Retrieved 2018-08-18. "Mary has never sat on the sidelines and played it safe. Twenty-seven years ago, when she was elected First Selectman of Simsbury (the first Democrat in nearly 40 years to win that office), she rejected the “automobiles-only” model of suburban economic development."
- Mark Pazniokas (2018-05-18). "A collision of insider politics, open primaries and race". Connecticut Mirror. Archived from the original on 2018-08-17. http://web.archive.org/web/20180817175442/https://ctmirror.org/2018/05/18/ct-democrats-teachable-moment-race/. Retrieved 2018-08-18. "Now, five days later as the Democrats open their two-day convention, a political debut that could have been a feel-good moment for Democrats, no matter who ultimately wins the nomination in a primary in August, has turned into something else, with angry questions from the NAACP about the motives for the vote-switching away from a black woman, resentment from some Glassman delegates about Murphy’s involvement — and just a whiff of a voting irregularity."
- Kristin Stoller (2014-12-13). "GOP Vote On Glassman's Pay Cut, Resignation Still Reverberating In Simsbury". Hartford Courant. http://www.courant.com/community/simsbury/hc-simsbury-republican-selectmen-backlash-20141212-story.html. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- Kristin Stoller (2015-02-06). "CREC Hires Former Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman". Hartford Courant (Simsbury, Connecticut). Archived from the original on 2018-08-22. http://web.archive.org/web/20180822224612/http://www.courant.com/community/simsbury/hc-crec-hires-mary-glassman-20150206-story.html. "Glassman will be paid $135,000 in her new position at CREC, said communications specialist Amanda Falcone. When she resigned as first selectman, Glassman's salary was $113,850 — a salary that she had frozen herself since taking office in 2008."
- Kristin Stoller (2014-12-08). "Selectmen Reverse Pay Cut, Accept Glassman's Resignation". Hartford Courant. Archived from the original on 2015-08-02. https://web.archive.org/web/20150802120905/http://www.courant.com/community/simsbury/hc-simsbury-board-reconsiders-selectman-salary-20141208-story.html. Retrieved 2018-08-18. "The Republicans' decision to move up the reduction in the first selectman's salary by six months and Glassman's resignation had been roundly criticized by many residents."
- Daniela Altimari (2018-04-03). "Mary Glassman Says She'll Be a Consensus-Builder in Washington". Hartford Courant. Archived from the original on 2018-04-03. https://web.archive.org/web/20180403214816/http://www.courant.com/politics/capitol-watch/hc-pol-mary-glassman-congress-20180403-story.html. Retrieved 2018-08-18. "Glassman is a familiar face in Connecticut politics. In addition to two stints as Simsbury’s chief elected officer, she twice sought the post of lieutenant governor. In 2006, Glassman ran on a ticket with Dannel P. Malloy. (She won a primary, but Malloy lost.) In 2010, Glassman joined forces with Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont but their ticket lost to Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wynman."
- Mark Pazniokas (2010-05-02). "Malloy sounds a theme as first gubernatorial candidate to qualify for public financing". Connecticut Mirror. Archived from the original on 2018-08-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20180818005748/https://ctmirror.org/2010/05/02/malloy-sounds-theme-first-gubernatorial-candidate-qualify-public-financing/. "Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run independently of each other in primaries, so Glassman will be able to accept public financing for her primary, even though Lamont is not."
- Ana Radelat (2018-06-12). "O’Neill says she’ll use ‘guts’ and life experience to win Esty’s seat". Connecticut Mirror. Archived from the original on 2018-08-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20180818005742/https://ctmirror.org/2018/06/12/oneill-says-shell-use-guts-life-experience-win-estys-seat/. "Mary Glassman, the former first selectman of Simsbury, is the endorsed Democratic candidate; but former national “Teacher of the Year” Jahana Hayes also won a place on the ballot, and a third Democrat, Shannon Kula, is petitioning for her name to be on the ballot."
- Keith M. Phaneuf (2012-01-17). "CCM wants education reform now, even if dollars follow later". Connecticut Mirror. Archived from the original on 2018-08-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20180818005737/https://ctmirror.org/2012/01/17/ccm-wants-education-reform-now-even-if-dollars-follow-later/. "'We know we can’t fix this overnight,' Simsbury First Selectwoman Mary Glassman, CCM’s president, said of the Education Cost Sharing program, the single-largest state grant to cities and towns."
- Neena Satija (2013-02-12). "Water shortages come home to Connecticut". Connecticut Mirror. Archived from the original on 2018-08-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20180818005055/https://ctmirror.org/2013/02/12/water-shortages-come-home-connecticut/. "'The Farmington River is already under stress,' said Mary Glassman, Simsbury’s first selectwoman. 'And the MDC proposal would only make the situation worse.'"
- Ana Radelat (2018-07-27). "Disclosures show a wealth gap between Glassman and Hayes". Connecticut Mirror. Archived from the original on 2018-07-28. https://web.archive.org/web/20180728105919/https://ctmirror.org/2018/07/27/disclosures-show-wealth-gap-glassman-hayes/. Retrieved 2018-08-18. "Glassman’s financial disclosure report also shows that she owns, both by herself and jointly with her husband, assets valued at between $1.2 million and $3.6 million."
- Paul Stern (2018-07-29). "As primary approaches, everything is political". Connecticut Mirror. Archived from the original on 2018-07-30. https://web.archive.org/web/20180730112245/https://ctmirror.org/2018/07/29/primary-approaches-everything-politics/. Retrieved 2018-08-18. "Mary Glassman, meanwhile, made a quick trip to Washington to attend a fundraiser for her benefit put on by U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, and John Larson, D-1st District."
- Kristin Stoller (2014-12-31). "Glassman Ready To Start New Chapter After 16 Years As Simsbury First Selectman". Hartford Courant. Archived from the original on 2018-08-17. https://web.archive.org/web/20180817171355/http://www.courant.com/community/simsbury/hc-simsbury-mary-glassman-leaves-office-20141231-story.html. Retrieved 2018-08-18. "Glassman, a former newspaper reporter and lawyer, was tapped to be the Democratic candidate for first selectman six weeks before the 1991 election because the original candidate dropped out. In a surprising turn of events, Glassman won and served from 1991 to 1999 and again from 2007 to 2014."
- Kristin Stoller (2014-12-01). "Simsbury First Selectman Glassman Resigns Over Salary Cut". Hartford Courant. Archived from the original on 2018-08-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20180818011401/http://www.courant.com/community/simsbury/hc-simsbury-mary-glassman-20141201-story.html. "Glassman, a Democrat, called the board's decision last week to cut her pay from $113,850 to $75,000, effective in July, 'illegal,' and said the vote should 'trouble the people of Simsbury.'"
- John Fitts (2013-10-28). "Meet the Candidate: Mary Glassman for First Selectman". Patch magazine. Archived from the original on 2018-08-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20180818002349/https://patch.com/connecticut/simsbury/meet-the-candidate-mary-glassman-for-first-selectman. "Mary holds a journalism degree from the University of Connecticut with a law degree from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law."
- Rob Ryser (2018-06-09). "Spirited campaigner". News-Times. Archived from the original on 2018-08-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20180818001721/https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Spirited-campaigner-12980005.php. "Meanwhile Democrats are preparing for their own primary. Former Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman had raised $175,000 by the end of May. Her primary opponent Jahana Hayes, the former star teacher from Waterbury, had raised $100,000."
- Rob Ryser (2018-08-09). "GOP poses triple-threat in 5th District primary". News-Times. Archived from the original on 2018-08-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20180818001645/https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/GOP-poses-triple-threat-in-5th-District-primary-13144629.php. "But following a narrow victory at the Democratic convention by former longtime Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman over 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes, the primary race was on for the Democrats as well. The Democrats went on to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars more than the Republicans, prompting the Washington, D.C.-based election forecaster, Cook Report, to downgrade the GOP’s chances of winning the 5th District."
- Rob Ryser (2018-06-25). "GOP candidates for Esty’s seat talk immigration, 2nd Amendment, regulations". News-Times. Archived from the original on 2018-08-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20180818000324/https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/GOP-candidates-for-Esty-s-seat-to-face-off-in-13025120.php. "Former longtime Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman is facing a primary challenge from a former star teacher from Waterbury named Jahana Hayes. Two Democratic primary debates are planned in July."
- Emilie Munson (2018-04-26). "Wife of state rep will join the hunt for Esty’s Congressional seat". News-Times. Archived from the original on 2018-08-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20180818000255/https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Wife-of-state-rep-will-join-the-hunt-for-Esty-s-12866907.php. "O’Neill joins a list of three declared candidates hopeful for the seat: Manny Santos, a former mayor of Meridan, is running for the GOP. Former Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman and former Newtown Rabbi Shaul Marshall Praver are running as Democrats."
- Rob Ryser (2018-07-18). "Esty refunds $350K in re-election campaign contributions". News-Times. Archived from the original on 2018-08-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20180818000042/https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Esty-refunds-350K-in-re-election-campaign-13086000.php. "Democratic front-runner Mary Glassman is being challenged by Jahana Hayes. GOP front-runner Manny Santos is being challenged by Ruby Corby O’Neill and Rich Dupont."
- Dan Haar (2018-04-27). "36 years later, Bill Curry weighing a run in 5th U.S. House District". News-Times. Archived from the original on 2018-08-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20180818000018/https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Dan-Haar-36-years-later-Bill-Curry-weighing-a-12869995.php. "Among Democrats, the declared candidates are Mary Glassman, former longtime Simsbury first selectman and attorney and chief of staff for Democratic caucuses at the state Capitol, now an administrator at the Capitol Region Education Council; also, as of Friday, Shaul Praver, a rabbi who lives outside the district, in Fairfield, but served in a Newtown synagogue for 13 years."
- Rob Ryser (2018-07-31). "GOP candidates make their case to represent 5th District". News-Times. Archived from the original on 2018-08-17. https://web.archive.org/web/20180817235959/https://www.newstimes.com/politics/article/GOP-candidates-make-their-case-to-represent-5th-13116999.php. Retrieved 2018-08-18. "Glassman, a former longtime Simsbury first selectman, and Hayes, who won the 2016 National Teacher of the Year award, squared off for a second time in as many days in a debate on Monday night in Torrington. On Sunday afternoon, the two candidates traveled to Newtown to debate questions about education, gun safety and health care before a standing-room-only crowd of 150 people."
- Brian Lockhart (2010-01-06). "Parties ponder possible attorney general candidates". News-Times. Archived from the original on 2018-08-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20180817235722/https://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Parties-ponder-possible-attorney-general-311136.php. "Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman, who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2006 and on Tuesday formed an exploratory committee for an unspecified statewide office, was also mentioned as a Democratic attorney general candidate, but she downplayed that possibility."
- Rob Ryser (2018-07-05). "Glassman faces Hayes at Sunday forum in Washington". News-Times. Archived from the original on 2018-08-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20180817235117/https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Glassman-faces-Hayes-at-Sunday-forum-in-Washington-13051601.php.
- News-Times. Archived from the original on 2018-08-17. https://web.archive.org/web/20180817235058/https://www.newstimes.com/news/article/On-eve-of-primaries-governor-races-tighten-609405.php. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
- Mary Glassman (2010-08-06). "Mary Glassman, Democrat: Democrat, lieutenant governor". News-Times. Archived from the original on 2018-08-17. https://web.archive.org/web/20180817235029/https://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Mary-Glassman-Democrat-606527.php. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
- "Governor hopefuls vie for spotlight". News-Times. 2006-07-26. Archived from the original on 2018-08-17. https://web.archive.org/web/20180817234951/https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Election-forecaster-upgrades-Democrats-chances-13066438.php. Retrieved 2018-08-18. "Malloy, who graduated from Boston College, picked Mary Messina Glassman, a former Simsbury first selectman and chief of staff for Lt. Gov."
- Dan Haar (2018-04-26). "Hockley, Barden should not run for Congress". News-Times. Archived from the original on 2018-08-17. http://web.archive.org/web/20180817234929/https://www.newstimes.com/business/danhaar/article/Dan-Haar-Hockley-Barden-should-not-run-for-12864896.php. Retrieved 2018-08-18. "Maybe name recognition alone is enough and one or the other would win. With due respect to Democrat Mary Glassman, the capable, former Simsbury first selectman who launched a bid while Esty was still clearing her throat to bow out, no one in this weird scramble for candidates is exactly lighting up the joint."
- News-Times. Archived from the original on 2018-08-17. https://web.archive.org/web/20180817233922/https://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Race-to-replace-Esty-heats-up-ahead-of-party-12889018.php. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
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