NORWALK, Conn. – District A Board of Education candidates Joseph Perella, an unaffiliated voter running on the Republican line, and Dr. Yvel Crevecouer, a Democrat, came together Sunday morning in a debate format to give voters a chance to contrast and compare the candidates.
The debate, run by NancyOnNorwalk, was made necessary when the League of Women Voters could not schedule its BoE debate night on any night other than when Crevecoeur was unavailable. Perella is scheduled to take part in the LWV BoE debate panned for Thursday, Oct. 22, at Brien McMahon High School.
- NoN felt voters deserved a chance to see the candidates together for multiple reasons:
- The candidates are largely unfamiliar to District A voters, and Norwalk voters as a while
- The candidates are vying to fill an open seat.
- The Board of Education seats carry 4-year terms, and the members vote on the largest segment of the Norwalk budget.
- The BoE’s actions have an impact on not only Norwalk’s schools, but the city’s future and the futures of thousands of Norwalk children.
There was little advance publicity about the event, as it was not a sure thing until Friday. A venue was a problem, and the debate was ultimately held at the home of NoN reporter and videographer Harold Cobin and his wife. Invitations were extended to a limited number of people due to space limitations. Democratic Town Committee Chairman Ed Camacho and his wife Dede Farnsworth, Republican Town Committee Chairman Peter Torrano, District D Council candidate Robert Hard and wife Jeanne were in attendance. Farnsworth and Jeanne Hard are NoN board members, but board members do not participate in or influence editorial policy.
The debate video runs 35 minutes. We hope you find it helpful and informative.