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2013 Top 12 Countdown: Rilling emerges as Dem mayoral choice

Harry Rilling chats after being declared the victor in September’s Norwalk Democratic mayoral primary.

NORWALK, Conn. – Today we bring you the eighth story in our Top 12 countdown – the 12 stories that drew the most page views on this site in in 2013.

Through New Year’s Day we are rehashing our most popular stories, along with any updates, with a link to the original story. We are presenting them in reverse order; we began Saturday, Dec. 21, the 12th most popular, and are working our way to No. 1.

Throughout the holiday season, as official action slows to a crawl, we’re also taking a look back at what we feel were the biggest Norwalk government, school and social service stories of the year, and we’ll take a look ahead at what 2014 may bring.

Our fifth-most-read story of 2013 was from Sept. 10 and went through multiple revisions and headline changes, winding up as “Rilling wins Dem mayoral primary with more than 51% of vote.”

It was the first time, at least in recent memory, that Norwalk voters were asked to vote in a mayoral primary, and it came after the Norwalk Democratic Town Committee could not agree whether it would nominate former Chief of Police Harry Rilling, District D Chairman Vinny Mangiacopra, sitting Councilman Matt Miklave or former Town Clerk and 2011 mayoral candidate Andy Garfunkel.

While the NDTC couldn’t make up its mind, Norwalk’s Democratic voters left no doubt – Rilling got 51 percent of the vote, outpolling the other three candidates combined.

To read the final primary election day report, click here.

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