Candidate forums – and a debate – scheduled

At left, Democratic Mayor Harry Rilling, as shown in a campaign photo; at left, Republican Mayoral hopeful Jonathan Riddle, as shown on his LinkedIn page. Rilling has also been endorsed by the Working Families Party.
The 2021 Election is Nov. 2.

NORWALK, Conn. — Debates and public forums have been scheduled so the public can learn about this year’s candidates for Norwalk offices.

The League of Women Voters will hold its Mayoral and Common Council candidate forums during the week of Oct. 18, on Zoom. Norwalk ACTS has scheduled an online Board of Education candidate forum for Oct. 27, where Center for Global Studies students will ask the questions. And the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its usual Mayoral debate for Oct. 26 on Zoom.

The LWV schedule:

  • Mayoral forum: 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18
  • Common Council at-large, 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18
  • Common Council District A, 7 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 20
  • Common Council District C, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20
  • Common Council District D, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct 21
  • Common Council District E, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct 21



You can register for the Zoom forums here.  Submit questions in advance to: [email protected]

Click for election information. (League of Women Voters)

The Chamber event is at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 26 and will be moderated by Kristin Okesson, Senior Vice President of Connoisseur Media. Tickets are $20 or $75 for a “table,” a company or organization of five people.

The Norwalk ACTS BoE forum runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27. To register for the event, visit eventbrite.


The candidates are:


  • Harry Rilling, Democrat, Working Families Party (incumbent)
  • Jonathan Riddle, Republican

Town Clerk

  • Rick McQuaid, Republican incumbent, cross-endorsed by Democrats

Board of Education at large

(Four seats available)

  • Colin Hosten, Democrat, Working Families Party(incumbent)
  • Kara Baekey, Democrat, Working Families Party
  • Sheri McCready Brown, Democrat, Working Families Party
  • Janine Randolph, Democrat, Working Families Party
  • Shirley Mosby, Independents for Norwalk
  • Alex Kemeny, Independents for Norwalk
  • Jody Sattler, Independents for Norwalk
  • Katherine (Price) Snedaker, Independents for Norwalk

Common Council at large

(Five seats available)

  • Barbara Smyth, Democrat, Working Families Party (incumbent)
  • Greg Burnett, Democrat, Working Families Party (incumbent)
  • Dominique Johnson, Democrat, Working Families Party (incumbent)
  • Josh Goldstein, Democrat, Working Families Party
  • Nora Niedzielski-Eichner, Democrat, Working Families Party
  • Enrique Santiago, Republican
  • Richard Bonenfant, Republican
  • Matthew Merluzzi, Republican
  • Lisa Brinton, Independents for Norwalk


Council District A

(Two seats available)

  • David Heuvelman, Democrat, Working Families Party (incumbent)
  • Nicol Ayers, Democrat
  • Luis Estrella, Republican
  • Chris Morales, Independents for Norwalk


Council District B

(Two seats available)

  • Darlene Young, Democrat, Working Families Party (incumbent)
  • Diana Révolus, Democrat, Working Families Party (incumbent)


Council District C

(Two seats available)

  • Jenn McMurrer, Democrat, Working Families Party
  • John Kydes, Democrat (incumbent)
  • Read Auerbach, Republican
  • Scott Goodwin, Independents for Norwalk

Council District D

(Two seats available)

  • Tom Keegan, Republican (incumbent)
  • Diane Jellerette, Democrat, Working Families Party
  • Heidi Alterman, Democrat, Working Families Party
  • Heather Dunn, Independents for Norwalk


Council District E

(Two seats available)

  • Lisa Shanahan, Democrat, Working Families Party (incumbent)
  • Tom Livingston, Democrat, Working Families Party (incumbent)
  • Andrew Anello, Republican
  • Heather Schneider, Independents for Norwalk


First Taxing District Commissioner

  • Elsa Peterson Obuchowski (incumbent)
  • Karen Doyle Lyons, Republican


First Taxing District Treasurer

  • Rosa Murray, Democrat (incumbent)
  • John Miller, Republican


Second Taxing District Commissioner

  • Sandra Stokes, Democrat (incumbent)
  • Mary Mann, Democrat (incumbent)


Second Taxing District Treasurer

  • Darlene Young, Democrat (incumbent)


Third Taxing District Commissioner

  • Johnnie Mae Weldon, Democrat (incumbent)
  • Suzanne Buffone, Republican

Third Taxing District Treasurer

  • Read Auerbach, Republican (incumbent)


Sixth Taxing District Commissioner

  • Priscilla Feral, Democrat
  • Andy Meyerson, Independents for Norwalk


Sixth Taxing District Treasurer

  • Gilbert Kernan, Republican


  • Andy Garfunkel, Democrat (incumbent)
  • Samuel Pride, Democrat (incumbent)
  • Shannon O’Toole Giandurco, Republican
  • Kathryn Martino, Republican
  • Denise Chicatell Brown, Independents for Norwalk
  • Jo Bennett, Independents for Norwalk


City Sheriff

  • Bobby Burgess, Democrat (incumbent)
  • Ron Paladino, Republican
  • Joe Maddafari, Independents for Norwalk



(Seven seats available)

  • Ernie Dumas, Democrat (incumbent)
  • Jalin Sead, Democrat (incumbent)
  • Beth Siegelbaum, Democrat
  • Johnnie Mae Weldon, Democrat (incumbent)
  • Ray Cooke, Republican (incumbent)
  • Peter Bondi, Republican (incumbent)
  • John Romano, Republican (incumbent)
  • Frank Mauro, Republican (incumbent)
  • Erik Anderson, Independents for Norwalk
  • Jeff Rollings, Independents for Norwalk


City Treasurer

  • Joe Tamburri, Democrat (incumbent)
  • Jerry Petrini, Republican


This story was originally published Oct. 10. It’s been reposted as a reminder.


6 responses to “Candidate forums – and a debate – scheduled”

  1. Nora King

    Why are these not in person? People show their vaccine card. The world has moved on and why hasn’t Norwalk?

  2. Cosmo Morabito

    I was born, raised and live in Norwalk and have always voted,
    what is the Working
    families party?????
    Never heard of it ?????

  3. piberman

    Kudos to Nancy for listing candidates. The “other newspaper” hasn’t done so.

  4. Richard Bonenfant

    @Cosmo Morabito
    The Working Families Party is a nationally registered political party with a name that implies they are looking out for workers and families. In reality they are the ultra liberal wing of the Democratic Party which simply gives Democratic candidates an advantageous second line with their name twice on the ballot. If you research the Working Families Party you will see that the candidates who accept this cross-endorsement either believe in or have pledged to defund the police, let criminals out of jail, prohibit evictions and trash local zoning laws. Let the buyer beware.

  5. Vote for a Strong BOE

    Voters, I beg you to vote for a stronger board of education. Norwalk needs a board that will provide appropriate and effective supervision of the superintendent, especially with regard to: 1) her evaluation, 2)her spending practices, 3) the turnover rate of administrative and teaching staff, 4) the replacement of effective Norwalk administrators with NYC transplants, 5) the creation of so many new administrative jobs. There are other reasons as well, but these are enough.

    Please don’t vote for any current board of education member who is running for election. While I support some of the Independent Party candidates, it’s important for voters not to cast votes for them or for anyone else merely because of the name of a candidate’s political affiliation.

    Norwalk needs and deserves an effective board of education, one that is paying attention, one that is attentive to concerns expressed by NPS parents and staff, one that has backbone.

  6. Joe

    These never ending psych-ops scare masks and arbitrary restrictions are illegally shielding politicians from real scrutiny and true debate along with ruining our economy and American way of life.

    That’s what one party rule gets ya’.

    Did you hear? Since October 5, NO VISITORS allowed in Norwalk Hospital unless they have been vaccinated or had their nose poked in the last 72 hours. Screw sick grandma. Lamont rules.

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