By John Kydes
To the Editor
NORWALK, Conn. – As a lifetime Norwalk resident, I have seen the great things the Working Families Party has done for our city. The WFP has fought for the rights of individuals who would otherwise not have a voice and for this I am honored to have their endorsement. If elected, I will be the voice on the Common Council for Norwalk’s working families.
In recent years, Norwalk residents have watched their property values decrease, their taxes go up and the educational system struggle. These issues require that Norwalk changes the way it does business. With improved economic development, we can guarantee that new jobs allow residents to live in the community without the need of state assistance.
As a Norwalk business owner for over 20 years, I have seen the quality of jobs decrease and the cost of living rise. Minimum wage jobs that once were used by teenagers and seniors are now being filled by individuals struggling to support themselves and their families. We must understand that continuing to create low income jobs will ultimately hurt the future of Norwalk. It is my goal to create good jobs that allow Norwalk residents the opportunity to live a sustainable life.
Elected officials often use the creation of new jobs for political promotion and leave the public unaware of the future negative impact. By shaping our future with development that creates little city revenue, increased traffic and low income jobs, we are setting ourselves up for future financial struggles. If elected, I will put the best interest of the city ahead of my own political gain.
By using the values of the WFP and good common sense, I will make the choices for Norwalk that benefit residents now and for years to come.
Common Council Candidate, District C