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A note on Norwalk’s mayoral contest

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Here’s the thing about Lisa Brinton. She shows great promise for getting Norwalk out of the slump it has fallen into.  It’s a slump characterized by drift and aimlessness at City Hall and constantly rising taxes combined with stagnant or declining property values.

In this her second run for mayor in as many years, Lisa has added Republican Party endorsement on top of her traditional independent base even as she also continues to garner support from disenchanted Democrats.  That, folks, is a remarkable feat. Not surprising, though, given her clear focus on the city’s most urgent needs, such as resolving, finally, the POKO fiasco on Wall Street and doing our due diligence on replacement of the Walk Bridge.

Her experience from the world of business and finance, and her characteristic energy, are sorely needed in Norwalk’s government.  That change is overdue.

Bill Dunne

5 comments

Adolph Neaderland October 14, 2019 at 10:49 am

As a 77 year Democratic split ticket voter, this year I will be voting for Republican Lisa Brinton Thomson as Mayor of Norwalk in 2020. Why?

We need to change the manner by which the city of Norwalk is managed!

· We need a “hands on” Mayor who has significant business acumen and experience with long range financial planning.

· We need a “hands on” Mayor who understands the significant financial tax impact burden of poor long term ( knee jerk, spot zoning ) city planning.

· We need a “hands on” Mayor who represents the stakeholders , land and small business owners, not developers who are taking advantage of our outdated (2009) building guide lines and zoning, to build with tax incentives , sell and walk away without concern or responsibility for the true impact on infrastructure costs and historical values.

· We need a “hands on” Mayor who will challenge the single minded Redevelopment Agency’s multi-story mixed use mind set for Norwalk.

· We need a “hands on” Mayor to fight for equitable State education compensation to cope with our unbalanced immigrant student influx in our school system.

· We need a “hands on” Mayor who will challenge the poorly planned, disruptive, simultaneous State construction projects currently impacting the city

· We need a “hands on” Mayor who will take advantage of the current POCD to plan a 2040 green future for Norwalk.

Lisa Brinton Thomson has those credentials.

Respectfully submitted:

Adolph Neaderland

Helen Demeris October 15, 2019 at 6:42 pm

We need a mayor that doesn’t seek to divide our community. Someone whose values include respect for one’s neighbor. Lisa Brinton seems to have a problem with how diverse and inclusive Norwalk is becoming. If I wanted to live in Darien or Westport, I would. Instead, I actively choose to make Norwalk my home because a truly special place is made from people of all walks of life trying to make the best life that they can for themselves and their families in our city.

Milton October 16, 2019 at 7:36 am

The problem is Helen that it is becoming more and more difficult for families to make that nice life in Norwalk. And your comment on the diversity and inclusiveness is poppycock and just plain mud slinging. Not even worth arguing.

Lisa Brinton will be a huge step in the right direction for Norwalk.

Isabelle Hargrove October 16, 2019 at 12:42 pm

@Helen Demeris
The only people dividing our community are Rilling, Duff, and Camacho, who have no problem attacking the character of their opponents and setting us ablaze to cover for their ineffectiveness and lack of solutions.

We all chose to live here. Enough with the grandstanding. I want plans, actions, and results from my elected officials so we can continue to function as the welcoming and diverse community we are.

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