NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk political developments:
- Christopher seeks Republican BoE District C candidacy
- Keegan/Dickens start District D campaign with a press release
- Lavielle and O’Dea invite comment at Friday coffee get-together
Running in C
Jason Christopher on June 15 announced via Facebook that he is seeking the Republican Town Committee endorsement to run to represent District C on the Board of Education.
District C Democrats recently voted to make Diana Carpio their candidate. This will be voted on by the Democratic Town Committee in July.
“I reside in East Norwalk with my wife, Diana and our two boys, Brayden and Frankie,” Christopher wrote on Facebook. “We live in a home that has been owned by my family for generations and I take great pride in the decision to raise my own family in such an incredible neighborhood.”
“My family has strong roots in the City of Norwalk,” he wrote. “Generations that date back as far as my grandmother and great aunts can remember, building their homes here, starting family businesses, and continuing a future in Norwalk with children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. I firmly believe that everyone has a stake in the success of a child’s future. If the public school system thrives and students succeed, everyone benefits!”
Christopher said he attended Norwalk Public Schools, then went to Norwalk Community College where he was Phi Theta Kappa Chapter President “and spoke at the inauguration of President David Levinson.” He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in economics and business from the University of Connecticut and is employed at HPONE as a Business Analyst in the IT department.
“I would welcome and cherish the opportunity to be a voice for our district and our city’s educational goals and policies. As a father, with two young children just beginning their own NPS journey, I am highly invested and committed to advocating for what is best for ALL students, parents, and the taxpayers of Norwalk. There are areas for improvement and we must work together to solve the issues and accomplish goals. I hear of families leaving NPS who have frustrations and struggles…I want to seek solutions and find ways to improve resources such as SPED…no Norwalk family should have to look elsewhere for their child’s education unless they desire to do so.”
The ‘Common Sense Team’
Republican District D Common Council hopefuls Tom Keegan and Carl Dickens on Wednesday announced that they are “committed to keeping Norwalk’s property values up, while driving residents’ taxes down.”
The pair expect the Republican Town Committee endorsement next month. Democratic incumbents Nick Sacchinelli and George Tsiranides recently told District D Democrats that they are seeking reelection.
Keegen and Dickens are calling themselves “The Common Sense Team” with a “mission is to implement practical and cost-effective policies that help to improve the community’s educational standards and keep residents, families and visitors safe so that Norwalk can continue to prosper and grow.”
The press release said:
“Tom Keegan has been a Norwalk homeowner since 1985. He has four children who were educated in the Norwalk public school system. Tom served as PTO President of Cranbury Elementary School and is a former Norwalk youth baseball, football, and soccer coach. Tom’s youngest daughter Elizabeth is currently a freshman at Norwalk HS where she is a member of the Norwalk Marching Band. Tom and his wife Lori are proud to be Norwalk Marching Bears Band Parents.
“A retired lieutenant in the Greenwich police force, he is still a member of the Greenwich Police Special Division and President of the Retired Police Association of Greenwich. He also serves as President of the Norwalk Athletic Association, is a member of the Inland Wetlands Conservation Commission and the Ischoda Yacht Club.
“Carl Dickens has been a Norwalk homeowner since 2002. He and his wife Tina have been married for 36 years and are members of St. Jerome’s Church. Carl is a graduate of Ohio University with a BSC degree, and also the CBS School Of Management. He is the incoming chairperson for the Oak Hills Park Authority(OHPA).Carl also served in the U.S. Army Reserves and is a member of the American Legion.
“Currently President of Jack T Wolf LLC, a Norwalk-based multimedia consulting firm, his successful career in the corporate sector sharpened his business, leadership, negotiating and budgeting skills. Carl has always been active in the communities in which he’s lived, serving on planning and zoning commissions, committees and local HOAs.”
State Reps. Gail Lavielle (R-143) and Tom O’Dea (R-125) invite constituents to meet them from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Orem’s Diner, located at 167 Danbury Road in Wilton.
“Now that the 2019 session has adjourned, I’m sure many of you have questions about specific issues,” Lavielle wrote. “On Friday, State Rep. Tom O’Dea and I will be at Orem’s Diner in Wilton to discuss major legislative topics including the state budget, minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, regionalization, the opioid crisis, tolls, and more.”