Norwalk political notes: Republicans seeking office, comments

The election is Nov. 5.

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.

Jason Christopher and his two sons, Brayden and Frankie, in a Facebook photo. (Contributed)

“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.

He wrote:

“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. (Contributed)

“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. (Contributed)

“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.”



Coffee Hour

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.”


Piberman June 20, 2019 at 8:13 am

Will any GOP candidate demand lower property taxes for Norwalk ? Ask why Westport held its taxes unchanged for 5 years ? Or why Danbury spends 30% less per capita than Norwalk ? Or question CT Democrats “tax and spend policies” that have devastated CT’s stagnant decade long economy ?
Or just business as usual ?

M. Jeffry Spahr June 20, 2019 at 8:17 am

Whoever the person, whatever their party or politics, we should be grateful that there are those willing to step forward to help our community. We are so much better than a collection of sideline naysayers. It is our right to hold different opinions and to hold them passionately. However when we cross over from expressing our viewpoints to vituperative attacks we help no one, further no cause and do not add to the productive discourse. Let us encourage quality candidates to run and discourage ad hominem attacks.

Tom Keegan June 20, 2019 at 10:23 am

I was very fortunate to learn as a child to treat everyone with respect and dignity…. our campaign will embody that spirit

LadyDrivr June 20, 2019 at 12:59 pm

Thank you for putting your hats in the ring. I’ve seen so much vitriol and petty meanness lately and hope that your campaigns have great success in our fine city.

Piberman June 22, 2019 at 11:49 am

Westport is keeping property tax rates unchanged now for 5 years in a row. Danbury spends 30% less per capita than Norwalk. Yet none of Norwalk’s candidates are committed to reduce or hold the line on the City’s property taxes. Despite ample evidence of declining property values, exodus of long time homeowners and increasing influx of renters – now 40% up from just 30%. Maybe there’s just a collective sigh that there’s nothing we can do to create an affordable City attractive to retirees too.

Those beating up on Democrats ought remember that decades ago we had 3 well established political parties – Dems, GOP and Independents (homeowners). It was the competition between these competing groups that gave Norwalk a reputation for competent governance and low City government salaries. In a few years just about all of us who remember those “golden years” will be gone.

And we ought remember we achieved collectively “good government” because we had a strong Council composed of members with serious business experience who knew our City Budget backwards and forwards. Those days are long gone. Just like CT itself. And we’re not likely to see a revival in our City or State fortunes. As long as no one ever mentions that Westport kept taxes unchanged for 5 years.

Norwalk’s reputation was never made because of its Mayors. Only because of its Common Council and BOE. So its not surprising none of the Mayoral candidates talk about taxes, housing values and City budgets.

Carl E Dickens June 22, 2019 at 2:07 pm

As my teammate, Tommy Keegan stated I also was raised to respect the rights of others and treat everyone with dignity and respect no matter if they differ from you. Keegan/Dickens campaign will be run that way on the issues that impact the quality of life for residents of District D and that will roll up to all citizens of Norwalk.

Piberman June 23, 2019 at 9:47 am

To M. J. Spahr:
Has Westport been able to keep property taxes unchanged for 5 years now because alternative opinions are respected ? Or because those elected have a good sound knowledge of municipal finance and economics and are willing to act on that knowledge. The very basis of “good government” is that citizens identify which ideas are better than others and are willing to act upon those with good ideas with their votes. Citizens of Westport have no problems with keeping property taxes unchanged. Maybe they’re just on to “something”. There was a time in memory when the only City official who made a “respectable salary” was the School Supt. And Norwalk flourished as CT’s Greatest City. Where housing values increased, newcomers bought homes here, our kids raised their families here and the City was affordable for those on social security to retire here. Best of all virtually every City employee lived in Norwalk and took an active interest in “their City”. And both Dems and GOP were mostly just “names” both committed to keeping costs as low as possible. Again some ideas are better than others.

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