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District A Dem council candidate seeks to make a difference

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Eloisa Melendez stands for applause Tuesday at the Democratic Party convention after being nominated as a District D Common Council candidate.

NORWALK, Conn. – Youthful energy is coming in spades to the next Norwalk election with a Democratic Common Council candidate nominated by District A.

Eloisa Melendez, a 2012 Norwalk High School graduate, is 19 years old.

“I want to be on the council because I feel like not enough young people are on it,” she said. “Honestly, when you’re 18 years old and you don’t see any 18-year-olds, you don’t see anybody around my age, the youngest person you see is like 30. By doing this I want to inspire other people to run for the council when they turn 18, or a little bit after that.”

Councilman David Watts, District A Chairman, presented Melendez at Tuesday night’s convention as “someone new and exciting, an amazing choice for our district.”

“Just to have a young person willing to put their name up,” he said. “I’m just excited for her and hope you will wrap your arms around her and support her as you go forward.”

Melendez is attending Norwalk Community College. She describes herself as a people person who was born in Norwalk Hospital. She has 628 followers on Twitter, where the comment below her name reads “Each day comes with 86,400 seconds. Tick. Tock.”

She has 1,769 friends on Facebook.

“I feel like I can, with my age, what I know … I can make a difference here, especially with the Hispanic community also, helping more,” she said. “I feel like I can bring a different energy.”

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7 responses to “District A Dem council candidate seeks to make a difference”

  1. Tom

    Nice, great person, but not ready for prime time.

  2. M. Murray’s

    I had the pleasure of knowin her while she was at Norwalk High. She is a great young person and I admire her decision to run.

  3. D(ysfunctional)TC

    She’d be a welcome replacement for Miklave. No one will miss the human rain delay at council meetings. Unless of course Miklave by some miracle even becomes Mayor. Then 5 hour council meetings will be the norm.

  4. maria renzulli

    Que bueno que estes dispuesta a ayudar a los hipanos. Cambia la politica no dejes que ella te cambie a ti. Hay personas que estan en esto por su propia agenda, Todo lo que hagas por los demas se te va a devolver un ciento por ciento. Good for you you have our support.

  5. Joe Espo

    Her platform: eradicating agism because there’s no one under 30 on the Council? It’s the kind issue you’d hear from a Miss America contestant.
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    College and Council don’t mix. How many study nights will she give up attending Council, committee and caucus meetings? How many classes will she cut in order to campaign? Better to concentrate on getting her degree and top grades. Failure on that front will affect her the rest of her life.
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  6. LWitherspoon

    The method to this madness might be that when standing next to this teenager, Mr. Mangiacopra will have the appearance of age and gravitas.

    @D(yfunctional)TC: LOL at “human rain delay”!

  7. Bobby Bhagirathy

    Good for her, you”ll be surprise what people can do allowing them the opportunity. Many people work full Time jobs and while attending college and graduate with top grades. It’s important that we teach our children how important public service is their participation is from them is important and possible. She represents just that!

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