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Ben Florsheim

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Ben Florsheim
Mayor of Middletown, Connecticut
Assumed office
November 12, 2019
Preceded byDan Drew
Personal details
Benjamin Daniel Florsheim

February 13, 1992
Mequon, Wisconsin
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materWesleyan University

Benjamin Daniel Florsheim (born February 13, 1992) is an American Democratic politician and the current mayor of Middletown, Connecticut.[1] Florsheim was elected mayor in 2019 and is the youngest in the city's history.[2] He is also the treasurer on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Ben Florsheim was born in Mequon, Wisconsin and is a descendant of Milton S. Florsheim, whose family founded, owns and operates Florsheim Shoes.[4] He grew up in Salt Lake City before moving to Middletown in 2010 to attend Wesleyan University, his father's alma mater.[3][4] As a freshman, Florsheim became involved with the Democratic Party in Middletown.[3]

In 2014, Florsheim graduated from Wesleyan with a bachelor's degree in Government.[5] He was employed in the Office of United States Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut as an outreach assistant before running for political office.[4]

Political career[edit]

Florsheim began running for mayor of Middletown in 2019 on a platform of improving schools, civic engagement/government transparency, revitalization of Middletown's riverfront, continued work on downtown and the North End, keeping/attracting small businesses, "greening" Middletown, improving parks and open spaces, and social, racial, and economic justice via working with private and non-profit sectors, as well as with input from community stakeholders.[6] Regarding the 2020 Middletown city budget, Florsheim seeks to "maintain things as level as possible", and also wants to see the state of Connecticut reimburse the city for tax-exempt properties.[7] Florsheim has stated that he would like to see the now closed Green Street Arts Center repurposed "in the spirit of which it was originally intended — as a community space or youth-oriented space."[7]

Florsheim won in a September 2019 mayoral Democratic primary and moved on to the November 2019 election.[8][9] In November 2019, Florsheim ran against council minority leader and former mayor Sebastian Giuliano and won 51–47%.[10][11][12] At his swearing in, he became the youngest mayor in the history of Middletown.[2]

Florsheim endorsed Bernie Sanders for 2020 president, also having been a part of a public watch party for Iowa 2020 caucus results at La Boca, a Middletown resturaunt, with Bernie Sanders campaign groups.[13][14]

Electoral history[edit]

2019 Middletown Democratic mayoral primary[15]
 DemocraticBen Florsheim1,35933.41%
 DemocraticWilliam J. Russo1,18129.03%
 DemocraticMary A. Bartolotta92622.76%
 DemocraticGeen G. Thazhampallath60214.80%
2019 Middletown mayoral general election[16]
 DemocraticBen Florsheim5,84650.17%
 RepublicanSebastian N. Giuliano5,42846.59%
 Write-inValeka Clarke220.19%


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Cassandra Day (2019-11-13). "History is made in Middletown as Mayor Florsheim, diverse array of other elected officials sworn into office". The Middletown Press. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "About Ben". Ben Florsheim for Mayor of Middletown. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 McWilliams, Kathleen. "Ben Florsheim, the 27-year-old Democrat running for mayor in Middletown, hopes people buy into his optimism, vision for the city". Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  5. "Ben Florsheim". Linkedin. Retrieved 6 April 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "Issues & Vision". Ben Florsheim for Mayor of Middletown. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Cassandra Day (2020-01-21). "Middletown's new mayor rolling up his sleeves, tackling 2020 budget". The Middletown Press. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  8. Cass; Day, ra; Mill, Jeff (2019-09-10). "Florsheim wins Middletown's Democratic mayoral primary election". The Middletown Press. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  9. "Middletown mayoral primary winner; people asked 'how old are you?'". 2019-09-11. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  10. Cass; Day, ra; Bannister, Valerie (2019-11-05). "Florsheim wins Middletown mayoral contest in unofficial tally". The Middletown Press. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  11. Staff, Press (2019-08-08). "Middletown candidate for mayor, Wesleyan grad qualifies for primary". The Middletown Press. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  12. Cassandra Day (2019-11-06). "Democrats win big in Middletown's municipal election". The Middletown Press. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  13. Staff, Press (2020-01-30). "Middletown leaders endorse U.S. Sen. Sanders for president". The Middletown Press. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  14. "Iowa Caucus Results Watch Party w/Middletown Mayor Ben Florsheim". Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  15. Cass; Day, ra; Mill, Jeff (2019-09-10). "Florsheim wins Middletown's Democratic mayoral primary election". The Middletown Press. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  16. "Election results from around the state". Retrieved 2020-04-06.

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