Sean Hayes, an experienced international business professional, law professor, dean, international lawyer, CEO, investor and entrepreneur is running for mayor of West Haven, Connecticut. Sean shall use his experience, connections, hard work, dedication and professionalism to serve the needs of a West Haven he loves and believes is headed down a fiscal cliff.


Sean is, by far, the most experienced person that has ever run for mayor of West Haven. 


Sean shall bring to West Haven residents, investors and businesses trust in West Haven City Hall.  This trust is necessary to get West Haven over our fiscal cliff, get investment back into West Haven and build an accountable and efficient government.


Our mayor has failed us and we, finally, have an option to bring integrity, professionalism and accountability back to West Haven City Hall. Support a New Beginning for West Haven. 


Support the Sean Hayes 4 WH campaign to clean-up West Haven City Hall and bring professionalism and accountability to a West Haven eager and waiting for forward-thinking and accountable leadership.  

Sean Hayes is in this Race for All the Right Reasons

Sean Hayes is in this race for West Haven mayor for all the right reasons. Sean's election to West Haven City Hall shall lead to him taking a substantial pay cut. Unlike most if not all candidates, the mayor of West Haven is not the most lucrative job he can obtain. However, Sean wants to give back to a West Haven that has helped make Sean into the professional, hard working, experienced and compassionate leader he is today. 


Sean is the, only, candidate in the race for mayor of West Haven that is supported by Democrat, Republican and Independent business owners, police officers, teachers, union workers, pastors, professors, government employees, senior citizens and concerned citizens of West Haven that know that West Haven needs dedicated professional leadership for a West Haven City that is heading in the wrong direction.  

Sean Hayes is an Experienced Professional Looking to Give Back to a West Haven he Loves

Sean Hayes, presently, runs a Business Startup Center, Int'l Law Firm and is the CEO of an international fitness brand. Sean is regularly quoted by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg and other global publications. Sean lived in and worked in Asia (Philippines, South Korea, and China) as a professor, international lawyer, CEO, dean and international business professional. 


Sean, if elected mayor of West Haven, shall be the first international business person to be elected mayor of West Haven and by far the most experienced person to be elected mayor of West Haven.

Who is West Haven Native Sean Hayes?

Sean is a 48-year old Irish-Italian first-generation American. Sean's father immigrated from Ireland (Hayes/Quigley) and his maternal Italian great grandfather/grandmother (Staiano & Maiorano) immigrated from Italy and learned English via the West Haven Public School System.


  • Sean's Grandfather (Anthony Staiano) was a regular at the West Haven Bocci Court and headed the stock room at United illuminating after serving in World War II. Like Sean, Sean's grandfather Tony Staiano was born and raised in West Haven. 

  • Sean's Father (Patrick Hayes) was a West Haven High School Girls Soccer Coach, New Haven Pop Warner Coach, union leader at United Illuminating (UI), boiler operator and manager at English Station in New Haven for the UI, big brother to at-risk youth and a Vietnam Vet. Sean's father Patrick Hayes was born in Ireland and came to America in 1963 on the John F. Kennedy/Bruce Morrison visa, but spent the majority of his adult life living in West Haven, Connecticut.

  • Sean's Mother (Cecelia Staiano-Hayes) was a social worker who once was a director at the West Haven Community Center. Cecelia's mother was born and raised in West Haven, Connecticut.

  • Sean's Cousin (Alfred Maiorano) was superintendent of the West Haven School System and lived the majority of his life in West Haven, CT

  • Sean's Cousin (Maurice Quigley) is the namesake of Quigley Stadium in West Haven. He owned Quigley Stadium until he sold it to West Haven in 1951. Mr. Quigley was instrumental in bringing big baseball names, including, Babe Ruth and Yogi Berra, to play in West Haven and was one of the pioneers and promoters for the Twilight League and the Connecticut State Baseball League. Mr. Quigley was the owner of the West Haven Sailors and his contributions to Quigley field led to the West Haven Yankees minor league franchise to play home games at Quigley Stadium in West Haven.

Sean Hayes learned the value of hard work, entrepreneurship, honesty, professionalism and compassion from his family and teachers. His family and his experience built Sean into a fiercely hard working brutally-honest street-smart problem solver that never makes promises he is unable or unwilling to keep. Sean vows to turn West Haven into a professional managed city that is the envy of surrounding towns.  

What is the West Haven Business Startup Center and how Shall it Help West Haven?

Sean Hayes put his money and time where his mouth is. Sean Hayes started a Business Startup Center for those wishing to obtain ownership or employment in a business. The center shall bring investments in West Haven and the surrounding area. 


Sean's Business Startup Center receives no funding from the government. Sean is showing that through hard work, dedication, passion and compassion we can build successful businesses with anyone willing to give the time, energy, dedication and passion to the venture. Sean Hayes, also, assists and mentors numerous proactive and effective not-for-profits build programs that foster entrepreneurship.


Sean Hayes has put his money and time where his mouth is and is now looking forward to building a better, brighter and more prosperous future for all in West Haven. 

Sean Hayes' Experience​
  • Head of an International Law Firm that is engaged in projects in China, Connecticut, Hong Kong, Indonesia, New Jersey, New York, South Korea, the Philippines and throughout Southeast Asia.

  • Dean/Law Professor, International Affairs, UPeace, UN-Delegated University.

  • Quoted, Profiled and Interviewed by Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Bloomberg & Chinese & Korean vernaculars.

  • CEO, Branch of Major International Conglomerate.

  • Associate Professor, Kookmin University College of Law/Santa Clara University.

  • Adj. Professor, Seoul National University, Graduate School of Public Administration.

  • Columnist & Ombudsman, Korea Times.

  • Constitutional Court of Korea, Research Officer.

  • Director, multiple multinational companies.

  • Interim General Manager, International Conglomerate.

  • Taught Judges & Prosecutors Constitutional & Criminal Procedure Law.

  • Mets, Giants & Rangers Fan.

  • Former Football Player & Personal Trainer.

  • World Traveler & Sailor.


  • Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea (Ph.D. Program in Constitutional Law)

  • University of London, London, UK (LL.M Program in International Law.)

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, Hamden, CT (Juris Doctor).

  • Santa Clara Law School, Santa Clara, California (Summer Program in Korean Law)

  • Fordham University, Bronx, New York. (B.A. Honors Program/Political Science/Pre-Law)

  • Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT (B.A. Political Science/Pre-Law).

  • West Haven High School, West Haven, CT (2 Years).

  • Notre Dame High School, West Haven, CT (2 Years/Graduate). 

  • St. Louis School, West Haven, CT.

  • Mackrille School, West Haven, CT.

  • U.S. Political Question Doctrine Application to Korean Constitutional Law, Korean Const. Court Journal (2014).

  • U.S. Political Question Doctrine Defined, American Journal of Constitutional Law (2015).

  • Korean Franchising, A Global Guide, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters (2018).

  • Korean Employment & Labor Law, Global Legal Insights 6th Edition, Global Legal Group (2018).

  • The Korean Labor Market under the Moon Administration, 2018 Discovering Business, Allurentis (2018).

  • Korean Business in the Global Economy, Chapter in Book (2014).

  • Over 100 Op-Eds in various international publications.

  • Quoted by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Korea Times, Korean Herald and various other publications.

  • Taught law classes for Santa Clara University; Seoul National University; Kookmin University; University for Peace; and the Supreme Court of Korea.

  • Author of: The Korean Law Blog and The New York Law Blog.

  • One of only two non-Koreans rated a Top Attorney by LawAsia.

  • Led, Dispute Resolution Law Firm of Year (2020).

  • Who's Who in Franchise Law.

  • Who's Who in the World.

  • Who's Who in Entertainment Law.

  • Rated Excellent (10) by AVVO Legal Rating Site.

  • ABA Top International Law Blog (Korean Law Blog).

  • Best Advice Blog, K-Blog Awards. 

  • Top 25 Blog by LexisNexis.

  • Top Blog in AVVO's listing of blogs.

  • Admitted to the New York State Bar

  • Member, New York Southern District Court

  • Member, International Bar Association

  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

  • Member, NY Bar Association

  • Member, NY City Bar Association

  • Member, American Chamber of Commerce

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