NORWALK, Conn. — Running to represent District D on the Common Council are incumbents Shannon O’Toole Giandurco and Doug Hempstead, and newcomers William Pappa and George Tsiranides.
NancyOnNorwalk solicited biographical information and commentary from the candidates. Here is what we learned about them, in alphabetical order:
Doug Hempstead, Republican
Hempstead and his wife of 47 years, Donna, are lifelong Norwalkers. She’s a teacher at Wolfpit Elementary School; they have three grown sons and a grandson.
Hempstead was educated by Norwalk Public Schools and received a Masters in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University.
Hempstead has spent many years on the Common Council, serving as an at-large member in this term but now seeking to win in-district.
His government service:
- Norwalk Common Council – 1985-1995, 2003 to present
- Common Council President, five times
- Zoning Commission, 1999-2002
- Maritime Authority – Past
- Historical Commission – Past
- Mayor’s Task force on Homelessness – Past
His community activities:
- Norwalk Seaport Assoc. Board of Trustees – Present
- Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center Board of Directors – Present
- Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Board of Trustees – Present
- Norwalk Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors – Present
- Save Cranbury Association Board – Former
- Chairperson Norwalk Communities in Schools – Former Chairperson
- Norwalk High Fathers’ Club – Former Member
CELEBRATE WOMEN Good Guy Award Recipient –
- Norwalk Quality and Diversity in Education Committee
- Former Norwalk Public Schools Mentor
- Former PTO volunteer
Asked what his top three priorities were for his next term, should he win one, he said:
- “Maintaining Norwalk’s financial status as an AAA bonded community. This assures Norwalk is a stable and investable city.
- “Continued investment in our schools and infrastructure. These areas are important in attracting and maintaining businesses and families to our community.
- “Protecting our neighborhoods and Parks from being overwhelmed with development.”
William Pappa, Democrat
Pappa is a consultant, who graduated from Fordham University, Gabelli School of Business, with a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in psychology.
He has never run for elected office before.
Asked about his political or community activities, he wrote that he has “held both individual-contributor roles as well as had the honor of holding several leadership positions in his time in the workforce.”
He has also “consulted with growing businesses, established a growing Norwalk based business of his own, and given back to his community by working with, or donating to, organizations ranging from the American Cancer Society, to the Alzheimer’s Association, to multiple, local, Non-Profit Organizations, as well as volunteering to mentor young adults via community youth groups and local schools.”
Asked what his top three priorities are, he wrote:
- Environment (protecting our open spaces)
“As the former, and famous, Norwalk resident Babe Ruth once said, ‘You can’t beat the person who won’t give up,’” he wrote. “I will resign before I ever give up on fighting for the issues that matter to my constituents.”
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NON requested but has not received information from Giandurco, a Republican, and Tsiranides, a Democrat.