NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Democrats can easily support all four Democratic mayoral candidates and register in time to vote in the September primary without going to City Hall, thanks to a joint effort of Common Councilwoman Anna Duleep (D-at large) and Deputy Democratic Registrar Bob Sodaro.
Duleep, who is running for city sheriff, is inviting Democrats and unaffiliated voters who want to switch to Democratic party affiliation to her Wall Street campaign headquarters from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, where Sodaro will assist Norwalkers who need to make changes to their voter registration information. Democrats can sign all four mayoral candidate petitions if they wish, or make sure they are registered in time for the Sept. 10 primary.
“Getting to City Hall before 4:30 on a weekday and finding a parking spot can be a hassle,” Duleep said in a press release. “I want to bring the appropriate City Hall department to my constituents at a time that accommodates their busy schedules. Voters will be welcome at my campaign headquarters to look up their municipal election-year polling site; sign all four petitions at once; and, if they wish, meet with a designated representative from each Democratic mayoral campaign.”
While representatives of the four mayoral candidates are expected to be there, it’s not a campaign event, the release said. The primary focus is facilitating the paperwork that comes with running a primary.
“There’s a time and a place to debate the issues,” Sodaro said in the release. “These events are about the process. Signing one candidate’s petition does not mean you’re going to vote for him; you’re just helping him qualify to appear on the primary ballot. All properly registered Democratic voters in Norwalk may sign all four petitions. What they can’t do is sign one candidate’s petition more than once.”
What about rancor between the candidates vying to be Norwalk’s next Democratic mayor? “Right now, we’re all working together,” Duleep said in the release. “Harry Rilling just signed Vinny Mangiacopra’s petition for me this morning.”
Council on Your Corner: Democratic Registrar’s Office
• Friday from 2 to 7 p.m.
• Monday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Duleep for City Sheriff Headquarters, 29 Wall St., Norwalk (corner of Wall and Commerce streets)
Free parking is available across the street in the lot behind Banc House (just before Wall and River streets)