Norwalk Republicans endorse slate for fall election

Norwalk Police Detective Mark Suda, Norwalk’s Officer of the Year in 2016, was endorsed Monday as a Common Council candidate by Norwalk Republicans. (File photo by Harold Cobin)

Correction, 1:20 p.m.: Tom Donaher, not Donahue.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Republicans unveiled a slate of candidates Monday, to the approval of their mayoral candidate.

“I can’t think of a better set of candidates that I am running with here on the Republican platform. I am thrilled to death,” Republican Town Committee Chairman Andy Conroy said, after accepting the nomination for mayor.

The Republican slate includes Norwalk Police Detective Mark Suda and former Planing Commissioner Bill Dunne as at large Common Council candidates and Marc D’Amelio for Board of Education. In district Council candidates include former City Clerk Ellen Wink in A, a pair of Democrats District B, BoE member Artie Kassimis in C, incumbents Doug Hempstead and Shannon O’Toole Giandurco in D, and former Oak Hills Park Authority Chairman Ernie DeRochers in E.

The complete list:

Mayor: Andrew Conroy

Town Clerk: Rick McQuaid (incumbent)

Council At Large:

  • Mark Suda Jr.
  • Richard J. Bonenfant (incumbent)
  • Enrique Santiago
  • William Dunne
  • Peter Halladay

Council in-District Seats:

  • District A: Frederick Fusci, Ellen Wink
  • District B: Manny Langella, Hector Correa
  • District C: Artie Kassimis, Vincenzo Capozzoli
  • District D: Doug Hempstead (incumbent as an at large member), Shannon O’Toole Giandurco (incumbent)
  • District E: Josh Jewett, Ernest Desrochers


At Large Board of Education:


Some candidates are placeholders, Conroy said, explaining that some candidates had made their availability known at the last minute and the RTC was happy to have them.

Conroy was not available for comment after the meeting. Further details were not available.

One comment

Bill B July 25, 2017 at 1:32 pm

You may want to double check as I don’t think Suda is a detective but a patrolman assigned to special services. I find a city employee running for elected office a major conflict of interest.

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