I am an average citizen, a local Norwalk resident by choice – I moved from Phoenix 10 years ago for a corporate job headquartered here.
I didn’t really pay attention to the inner workings of the world around me. I was busy trying to advance in my career, prove myself, figure out what I wanted to do next, make enough money to afford my own place.
It wasn’t until this year in particular that I have started to pay attention. I started to pay attention to the world around me and see it differently because I was now cast into it as an aspiring entrepreneur. I left the comfy corporate world to try my own hand at starting a business.
As I started to “put myself out there” as an entrepreneur, I found it was the women-led organizations that had something tangible to offer – and they ushered me in with no questions. I was completely focused on building up exposure for and interest in my startup.
And then I saw that Lisa Brinton was running for Mayor, again. I didn’t really know Lisa. I knew she had run previously, but I didn’t really pay it any mind. I had seen her at City Hall sitting in the audience as an active citizen during my own ~2-year stint as an Alternate on the Zoning Board of Appeals. I had heard about Lisa, but was never formally introduced.
But all of a sudden, this year, the fact that Lisa was running again mattered more. I wanted to know more. I wanted to know who she was, her beliefs, why she was running, what platform she was running on. I was just more interested in general (also, as a new homeowner). Most importantly, I felt that I could actually reach out to and have a conversation with Lisa as she seemed so approachable. So, I kindly reached out and asked Lisa to have coffee.
What I have found and learned about Lisa in just the past few weeks of knowing her is incredible. Lisa is a retired businesswoman, a mother, involved in local government by choice (as a mother and homeowner). She, like me, also lives in Norwalk by choice and moved here 21 years ago. She recently obtained a Master’s Degree and is a three-time cancer survivor!
Have any conversation with Lisa and she can give you the details on land use, our city financials, education funding and Norwalk’s position with the State. Lisa is knowledgeable about so much in the city and not because she has to be, but rather because she wants to be.
One of the biggest reasons why I’m paying attention and feel that everyone should pay attention to Lisa is that I see her platform as serving to reinvigorate and educate all of us average voters on what’s going on in the city – and where we have gaps.
What’s most refreshing is that Lisa is just herself. What you will get with Lisa is honesty, transparency, an education in any conversation, and someone who is running for Mayor not because she needs the job or the money but because she feels compelled to fix something that is broken. The world around us, not just Norwalk or Connecticut, is going through massive transformations in all areas and here we have an opportunity to rise up to the challenge, to be and think differently.
I imagine running for Mayor is a lot like trying to startup your own business – you have to expose yourself, you have to be vulnerable, you have to be open and receptive to feedback which can feel like and sometimes be personal attacks, and you have to believe in a greater purpose to keep you going.
I joked that only a three-time cancer survivor would run for Mayor two times – but maybe there is some truth in that. In closing, outcome aside this November, I hope you get the chance to meet and speak to Lisa. More than anything, she’ll make you want to start paying attention.
Written in the most sincere and objective manner possible,
10-Year Norwalk Resident