This year’s local elections are taking place against the backdrop of an increasing push from the administration and legislative majority in Hartford to force more taxes, fees, and mandates onto municipalities and residents as the solution to Connecticut’s financial woes. Instead we should be looking for sustainable state government efficiencies, and policies that allow and encourage municipalities to make the local decisions that will best serve their residents. Correspondingly, local officials need to be active advocates for the interests of their constituents by questioning the decisions of people in Hartford who do not represent them.
Norwalkers deserve answers to many persistent questions, and Lisa Brinton has been asking them. For example, is there a more cost-efficient and workable alternative for the Walk Bridge? Why doesn’t Norwalk receive more equitable funding for its public schools? Why is state approval for the Columbus School land swap taking so much time? Can the state DOE help provide more resources for Norwalk’s ELL population? Why must the DOT complete so many construction projects in and around Norwalk at the same time?
One thing is certain: for these issues to be taken seriously in Hartford, Norwalk’s municipal leadership must demonstrate its concern and willingness to spearhead the kinds of inquiries and dialogue that will lead to the best solutions for Norwalk. Lisa is determined to do just that. We are confident that she will, because she has been doing this kind of work for years.
We feel strongly that Norwalk would benefit greatly from Lisa Brinton’s courage and determination in pushing back against Hartford’s heavy-handed governance, and we enthusiastically support her candidacy for Mayor.
State Representative Terrie Wood, 141st district
State Representative Gail Lavielle, 143rd district