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Women are underrepresented; vote for Lisa Brinton

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This November, there will be a total of 16 seats to fill among the Common Council and the Mayor.

 

Here are some facts about those 16 seats:

 

  • Only nine of the 38 candidates running for those offices is a woman (23.6 percent)
  • Current representation by women in those offices is four out of 16 (25 percent)
  • Among both of the major parties, only four of the districts nominated at least one woman for an in-district council seat at all
  • Among both of the major parties, only one of the 10 nominations for five at-large council seats was a woman
  • Three out of the five (60 percent) petitioning/third-party candidates among those seats is a woman

The number of female registered voters in the City of Norwalk is over 54 percent, which suggests women are under-represented at the top of our government. I, for one, believe we should start at the top. Vote for Lisa Brinton (row D) on November 7th!

 

Erika Luthy

Norwalk

14 comments

JB October 31, 2017 at 1:28 pm

I was accused of voting for Hillary because she was a woman. I was accused of voting for Obama because he was black. If I vote for Lisa it won’t be because she is a woman it will be because she is the best person for the job. The same reason I voted for both Hillary and Obama.

Victor Cavallo October 31, 2017 at 5:47 pm

@Erika, @JB. So Norwalk voters are now trick-or-treated with identity and victim politics? I see a book and a tour coming: “What Happened”, by Lisary Brinton.

Isabelle Hargrove October 31, 2017 at 9:46 pm

No, do not vote for Lisa Brinton because women are underrepresented! Vote for her if you support her platform and believe she is most qualified to help Norwalk actualize its full potential.

Can we stop diminishing women by continuously advocating they deserve the jobs or offices because they are women, not because they are qualified?

Victor Cavallo November 1, 2017 at 12:07 am

Emphasis on “if”. But victimhood and identity politics are so toxic. Why would Lisa infuse the political debate with a loser argument?

JB November 1, 2017 at 10:36 am

Victor – I haven’t decided who I am voting for. My point was I won’t vote her just because she’s a woman.

Donna Smirniotopoulos November 1, 2017 at 11:04 am

Lisa Brinton’s worthiness of the office of mayor and the underrepresentation of women in local and national government are not unrelated. So while we should not choose our candidates because they are women simply to level the playing field, we should consider the benefits of having a representative democracy that reflects its own demographics at every level of government. We need more women to run for office. In the case of this mayoral election, Norwalk lucked out. The lone woman running is also the best person for the job.

Debora Goldstein November 1, 2017 at 11:13 am

Let’s face it. There are plenty of people nominated by the parties, not for gender, race or qualifications, but because they have a pulse.

The best people are discouraged from running because the don’t want to be entangled with a governance system that is functioning politically and not professionally.

There’s one candidate running to give the people a choice to change things. She happens to be a woman. Will you hold that against her?

Pamela Parkington November 1, 2017 at 11:34 am

Using Erika’s logic, if Snookie from the show Jersey Shores was on the ballot, because she was a woman, we should vote for her.

OK. Got it.

MarjorieM November 1, 2017 at 11:49 am

Because she is a woman? If that is your reason for voting for Lisa, please don’t vote.

Vote for the person who has worked his or her way up in politics and who fully understands Norwalk. Vote for the person who will fairly represent all economic and ethnic groups in Norwalk, not just Rowayton.

Patrick Cooper November 1, 2017 at 1:41 pm

@Victor Cavello, I have some sobering news for you: Andy is going to get slaughtered. If you don’t see that coming your just not paying attention. Andy is a nice man, but he offer’s Norwalk less than a sock-puppet.

So you just keep up with the witty banter – but come November 8th – I’ll be interested to hear from you. I’d start preparing your excuse now.

@MarjorieM – thank you so much, your anti-endorsement is worth 1000 votes. Keep it up, your fan club needs to hear from you.

Donna Smirniotopoulos November 1, 2017 at 2:34 pm

@Marjorie M, “working his or her way up in politics” is not a quality I’m seeking in my mayor. Norwalk is living with the results of mayors who have worked their way up in politics. Career politicians tend to broker deals in the dark. I know work has to get done, but the insiders who make decisions that impact our lives aren’t always attentive to the needs and desires of stakeholders. Also they don’t call it a “good ol’ boys” network for nothing. Women have been outsiders for a long time. A woman candidate is much less likely to be a political crony simply because she’s a woman.

Victor Cavallo November 1, 2017 at 11:22 pm

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