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Estrella named Republican candidate for District 137 State House seat

Luis Estrella listens to Norwalk Republicans, Tuesday at a Republican Town Committee fundraiser off East Rocks Road.

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Republicans have endorsed Luis Estrella as their candidate for District 137 State Representative, capping off a Tuesday fundraiser.

On Monday, Norwalk Democrats endorsed former Common Council member Kadeem Roberts for the post.  Council member Nora Niedzielski-Eichner (D-At Large) had also sought the candidacy and could challenge Roberts through a primary.

The Republican Town Committee could have endorsed a candidate in their meeting last week, but at that point, RTC Chairman Fred Wilms said no candidates for the 137th and the 140th Districts had been found.  When audience member Rev. Johnny Cardamone objected, Wilms agreed to keep the meeting in recess so the group could reconvene if candidates were found.  The deadline for an endorsement was Tuesday, and Republicans did not put forth a candidate to challenge Democratic District 140 State Rep. Travis Simms.

Estrella’s candidacy comes four days after 18-year Democratic incumbent Chris Perone announced his retirement.  No Republicans have represented  District 137  in decades, Wilms said.

Estrella said Tuesday that he was “thinking about” running before Perone’s announcement, as Wilms sought a candidate. He and his wife have three children who are less than two years old – 19-month-old twins and a four-month-old – and, “There was a lot of logistical things that I had to sort out with my wife before I could decide.”  He understands he’ll need to do much door knocking – that was part of the “logistics” involved in running, he said.  “I grew up in a single mom household. So you know, that’s different than what most people are used to around you.”

Hailing from Paterson N.J., Estrella is a 21-year Norwalk resident who works part-time for the Recreation and Parks Department as a parks maintenance supervisor.  He is founder and executive director of the Cleaner Connecticut Coalition (a non-profit whose mission is to restore, maintain, or develop public land for recreational or aesthetic purposes), he said when he ran unsuccessfully for Common Council last year in the heavily Democratic District A.

Norwalk deserves better representation, someone who is “diligent,” “willing to put in the work” and “truly wants to make a difference,” he said to NancyOnNorwalk.

“I feel like there’s a change coming,” Estrella said. “Hopefully, people don’t just vote along party lines but take the time to look at which candidate best represents the district, at least the majority of the district, whether he be Democrat or whether he be Republican. Because at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if he’s a Republican or a Democrat (if) he’s a terrible politician who’s not going to do anything. People should just really look at the ideals of the individual instead of the party lines.”

Estrella told Republicans, “One of many reasons I’m running is… Norwalk deserves proactive leadership, not someone who’s just going to always be reactive. So that’s how you fall behind. You don’t accomplish anything. We always react to everything we do. The Norwalk community needs diligent representation.”

The State Representative should be “someone who has proven that they’re actually invested in the city, wants to improve the city, not just ‘it’d be another notch in their political belt,’” he said. “Norwalk needs someone who so represents at the least the majority, not everyone, but at least the majority of the people here, you know, the values, common values, hard work, you know, proper leadership.”

 

8 comments

RingMaster May 25, 2022 at 7:59 am

This man speaks of being “Proactive” for Norwalk. I am curious as to why he has convictions in Norwalk Superior Court for Driving Under Suspension and a Failure To Appear, if he is truly “Proactive” at handling problems ? Norwalk does deserve better more diligent representation over MIA Perone. Norwalk also deserves a new State Representative who follows the Laws of Connecticut and doesn’t act as if he o she is above those very Laws. I believe the majority of 137th residents do not drive under suspension or fail to appear for required court. This man’s past actions have shown he’d represent a tiny minority of the 137th. Neither of the two endorsed candidates represent the majority. Hopefully Nora will primary for Norwalk!!

Piberman May 25, 2022 at 10:39 am

Candidate have any concerns about our failing pubic school system and what ought be done by City officials ? We’ll not make progress if our officials keep on blinders and just let the BOE handle matters.

John O'Neill May 25, 2022 at 12:56 pm

I’ve sent Estrella a map with directions to Hartford. It’s a shame no Democrat did the same for the candidate who’s held office for the last few years. At least based Perone’s attendance, I don’t think he was ever given directions…
I guess the question for 137 is do you vote for Duff’s next valet, or do you vote for someone who actually will show up for 137..

Patrick Cooper May 25, 2022 at 5:16 pm

@Nathaniel Yordon – my apologies, but are you the “Nate” Yordon who is the husband of the head of the Norwalk NFT? Also the campaign treasurer for Harry Rilling? And you live in Easton?

If not – sorry, I’m sure you can understand the confusion.

If so – exactly why do you care? Also – while I’m at it – what happens to all that campaign cash? New boats? BMW X5’s? Philanthropy? Just curious.

Seriously, is there a single Norwalk democrat that is worried about Louis? So why would you?

TitoS May 26, 2022 at 8:17 am

@Cooper- the candidate’s name is Luis, not Louis. Please show this man some respect.
Luis seems like a good and caring man. However, with three small children, how can Luis make constant trips to Hartford? Norwalk does not need a new NO SHOW PERONE. My other concern is a simple search of the CT Criminal/MV cases website shows two convictions for a Luis Estrella, who was born in 1987. This may or may not be the man running for 137th. Nancy can you look into this and let us know if this is the above candidate or a different person. Thanks.

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