Josh Esses is running for CT State Senate for Darien/Stamford (District 27) because he believes that Stamford and Darien and its surrounding communities are the crown jewels of the state of Connecticut, and he wants to keep them that way and make them even better. As our state senator, he will be a strong new voice for the taxpayers and residents of Stamford and Darien and will diligently support our best interests in Hartford.
Josh grew up in Stamford and attended Stamford’s public schools, graduating from Westhill High School in 2009. Josh then earned his Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his law degree (JD) from Harvard Law School.
Since earning his law degree, Josh has worked as an attorney in the New York City offices of an international law firm, where he continues to practice law today.
As a member of the firm’s restructuring group, he has gained valuable experience working on some of the largest private and public financial restructuring and turnaround projects in history, including on behalf of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and its pension system. He believes Puerto Rico offers valuable lessons that we can learn from to help protect our public sector workers and the people of Connecticut.
Josh also co-founded a blog called Team Stamford to better educate himself and the people of Stamford about local government. Their work has already served as an important check on Stamford’s government. Among other things, Josh discovered that a Board of Education election had been illegally scheduled for last November, which the city corrected after Team Stamford published his analysis. In January 2021, the State Supreme Court ruled that the election was indeed illegal, affirming his findings.
When Josh isn’t practicing law, he volunteers as a basketball coach for Stamford’s youth— something he first began as a freshman at Westhill High School.
Special Election, March 2:
Candidate for CT State Senate, District 27