Former Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy, running a campaign based on his experience as a tested leader, has been endorsed by the state’s largest newspaper, the Hartford Courant. “…Stamford is a better place today than it was when Mr. Malloy was first elected mayor. The former Brooklyn prosecutor, who grew up in Stamford, worked well with business leaders, the state Capitol and Washington to bring dollars home. He hired talented managers and set high, concrete goals — such as insisting on seeing a police car downtown every five minutes. He cut the size of Stamford’s government significantly, lending credence to his promise to cut state jobs and downsize state agencies by a third,” the Courant wrote.

The paper’s editorial board said the party-endorsed candidate’s attributes go beyond Stamford. “Mr. Malloy has shown political courage outside the job as well, as in backing same-sex marriage legislation when as a mayor he didn’t have to take a stand. He was an early and strong supporter of the state’s campaign finance law. He is now a beneficiary of that law…Mr. Malloy’s accomplishments in Stamford could serve as a blueprint for what Connecticut needs to do, beyond living within its means: More public transit and fewer exhaust-spewing cars parked on I-95; more corporations encouraged to make the state their home; more loving preservation of treasures like Old Town Hall in Stamford; more measures to include affordable units in new housing, as he has done in Stamford.”

Malloy and rival Ned Lamont debate Tuesday at the WFSB-TV studios in Rocky Hill.