Some elections are meant to be transformative. They usher in a new era, new leadership style, new ways to get it done and break old paradigms. This is how this election feels. While the establishment doubles down on the same guy, people around town are energized by the prospect of change.
It is time to pass the baton to the next generation and the opposite sex. It is time for a transparent and inclusive leader with energy and vision. It is time for a professional molded by an international career and problem-solving advocacy instead of a respectable but unimaginative public servant hometown life.
Mayor Rilling has benefited from governing during a period of economic growth, where a lack of stringent fiscal and operational management can easily be absorbed. A time where opportunities abound so squandering many and prioritizing the wrong ones wound a city but don’t kill it. But times will not always be so kind.
In this era of rapid evolution, Norwalk will continue to rapidly change, and we need to change the way we govern and manage our city accordingly. Lisa Brinton has the potential to be the transformative leader Norwalk needs.
As an outsider to party politics, Brinton will be free to create alliances for the good of Norwalk, not party. As a successful professional, she understands the importance of harvesting competing point of views and expertise. She will not be intimidated by multi-national entities when negotiating on our behalf. She will not be afraid to take on the state to secure funding or review major projects impacting Norwalk. Finally, she will make business development, post-secondary education, and job training priorities.
Her energy and passion for Norwalk are contagious. Her ideas are exciting. Her willingness to have courageous conversations is refreshing. Her refusal to accept that nothing more can be done, that problems have no solutions, that Norwalkers should accept to take one, or many, for the team is vindicating.
Lisa Brinton is the new leader Norwalk needs. Although the establishment doesn’t get it, residents know it. Now, let’s vote next Tuesday and change course.