Veteran politico Larry Cafero was endorsed to run for Judge of Probate, while newcomers Frank Page and John Flynn were endorsed to run for State Representative.
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Page will take on State Rep. Chris Perone (D-137), who was won the Democratic caucus Thursday with no opponents, and Flynn will run in District 140, which is being vacated by long-time incumbent State Rep. Bruce Morris (D). Common Council member Travis Simms (D-District B) won Thursday’s District 140 caucus, with opponent Colin Hosten promising to get signatures to force a primary.
Cafero, a former State Representative, also has two Democrats seeking to oppose him, Darnell Crosland and Council member Doug Stern (D-At Large).
“The office of Judge of Probate is not about philosophies, it’s about fairness. It is not about politics or partisanship, it is about people,” Cafero said, accepting the endorsement.
Cafero said a Probate Judge must have competence, experience, compassion and common sense and his 28 years in public service has taught him about human behavior.
He’s been an attorney for 35 years, working in corporate law, criminal law, estate law and real estate law, he said, asserting that as an expulsion hearing officer for Norwalk Public Schools, he’s seen some of the “ugly stuff that goes on out in the world” and worked to consider the needs of the children in front of him as he also protected the school system.
Republicans announced that Flynn was the nominee for the 140th, without comment.
Page received enthusiastic support, with his sister declaring that he has always been a problem solver with the fortitude to get things done.
“I have known him to be an honest man of integrity, very committed to the community and to Norwalk. He has the time and the energy and I think he would be an excellent candidate,” Liz Lyons said.
Mark Preston said he’s been best friends with Page ever since they were neighbors as children and, “I am proud to say that I am as close to him now at 59 as I was at 9, and I consider myself very fortunate in that regard.”
“He has always been remarkably intelligent and always keen to learn more,” Preston said. “As kids, when the rest of us were reading comic books he was reading the Wall Street Journal. He certainly wasn’t shy about voicing his opinion. He has never shied away from listening to others and considering viewpoints that ran contrary to his own. He is a doer, he is a decision maker, he is the kind of guy who makes things happen.”
A press release describes the candidate thusly:
“Frank Page was born, raised, and educated in Norwalk, and is deeply attached to the city of his birth. Drawing on his BS in Management from Fairfield University and his MBA from the University of New Haven, he had a long and successful career in business, serving as Vice President of Sales at a privately held manufacturing company and General Manager of a division of a Fortune 200 company. Frank is the father of two grown children who have all attended college at Connecticut schools. He is active in many Norwalk organizations, and in particular has kept close ties with former players and their parents in his role as coach for Pop Warner football, Babe Ruth Baseball, and the Norwalk American Legion Post 12 baseball team.”
Preston said Page “is driven by results, which brought him a great deal of success as a businessman.”
“He is a good and thoughtful man at a time when politics, all politics could sorely use more good and thoughtful people,” Preston said. “We live in a state in crisis. Every month Connecticut is losing more jobs, more businesses and more people. There is an exodus from this state the likes of which hasn’t been seen since Moses was directing traffic at the Red Sea.”
Page said he looks forward to talking to District 137 voters.
“People tell me how concerned they are about the state going forward,” Page said. “I have children that are still in Connecticut and … I love this town, I love the state of Connecticut. I just look forward to listening to the people of the 137th as we go through this 160-some odd days before Nov. 6. I look forward to making a difference and I look forward to representing all of you up in Hartford.”
The press release states:
“Page pointed to prioritizing transportation funding as among his top priorities should he be elected to the state legislature, declaring his opposition to installing tolls on Connecticut’s highways. He also vowed to advocate for East Norwalk families and businesses who are concerned about the impact of the state’s project to replace the Walk Bridge over the Norwalk River.”