NORWALK, Conn. – The mayoral race is months away, but one Norwalk Democrat says he is already ahead in one key contest.
“A scant six weeks into the new campaign season, the Miklave Exploratory Committee raised more than $4,600 from 20 contributors, while during the same period, former Town Clerk Andy Garfunkel reported raising slightly more than $1,000 from two contributors,” a press release from the Miklave Exploratory Committee stated.
Common Councilman Matt Miklave (D-District A), serving his fourth term, formed an exploratory committee in mid-November to help him decide whether he would run for mayor in 2013. Garfunkel, who was defeated in his 2011 bid for mayor by Republican incumbent Richard Moccia, announced his intention to seek a rematch at about the same time.
The committee said its announcement is a reflection of Miklave’s governing style. “While it is not customary to release fundraising totals so early in the year, we feel a strong commitment to this kind of disclosure and accountability,” said committee treasurer Tony Ditrio in the statement. “Matt has always demanded that kind of openness in Norwalk’s government. We are hoping to lead by example.”
Miklave said his support is bipartisan. “There has been a groundswell of support from many quarters and from members of both parties. I am gratified that so many people are as invested as I am in making Norwalk a better city,” he said in the statement.
Miklave has expressed his desire to focus on moving Norwalk in a more positive direction by building better budgets, stronger schools and a strategic plan for economic development that will bring jobs. “These three things are the building blocks for a city that serves its citizens,” he noted.
Miklave was first elected to the Common Council in 2001, where he served as chairman of the planning committee and as council president. His current term on the council began in 2011.