Updated, 7:25 p.m.: Video added.
NORWALK, Conn. — Mayor Harry Rilling has been endorsed by the Fairfield County Business Trades in his drive for re-election.
The unions endorsed Rilling on Tuesday, according to a press release. On Saturday, the Rilling campaign also released an endorsement from U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich).
Rilling has made profound commitments to infrastructure and new schools, Himes said, asserting that crime has gone down and economic development and increased in the four years Rilling has been mayor.
The economic growth includes the construction of The SoNo Collection, which will create jobs, Himes said.
The endorsement from the construction unions came at the SoNo Collection construction site, where Rilling was joined by Glenn Marshall, President of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, Local 210, and by members of Local 210 and other trades unions, the press release said.
“Mayor Rilling has earned our endorsement, because during the last four years he has worked with us to ensure that workers are treated fairly and can work under safe conditions,” Marshall is quoted as saying. “He is a Mayor who is hands-on and involved with on-going projects in this city. Under his guidance, Norwalk remains a popular location for new development, which means our workers have jobs.”
“I proudly accept the endorsement of the Fairfield County Building Trades. Coming down here and seeing the impressive work that they do first-hand reminds me of how skilled and valuable these tradespersons are. The hard work that they are performing today will benefit all of Norwalk for years to come,” Rilling said in the release.
Rilling has also received the endorsements of the Norwalk Police and Fire Unions, The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Working Families Party (WFP), the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Norwalk Democratic Party.
Republican mayoral Andy Conroy was endorsed by the Norwalk Republican Party. Rilling is also being challenged by unaffiliated activist Lisa Brinton Thomson and State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140), who are both petitioning candidates.