NORWALK, Conn. – John Kydes, who was nominated Tuesday night at the Democratic Town Committee convention, officially announced his candidacy Wednesday for the Norwalk Common Council District C seat (East Norwalk). The District C seats are currently held by Kydes’ cousin, Nick, and Michelle Maggio. The Republicans will hold their nominating convention Monday, July 22.
Kydes, a lifelong resident of East Norwalk, has spent his career in construction and property management. He is married and the father of two children in the Norwalk school system.
“Our children’s education is the best gift we can give them,” he said in a press release announcing his candidacy. “If elected, I will be the voice on the Common Council for parents with children in the Norwalk school system.”
Kydes said he agrees with those who say property taxes in Norwalk are too high, and criticized the current city leadership for the planned increase.
“I have met with folks and I have found that we all share one common concern, higher taxes,” he said. The current administration has let its residents down with the 3.9 percent property tax increase, slated for 2014, Kydes said. “The way Norwalk does business needs to change!”
Kydes says proper development is the key to Norwalk’s future.
“Income from future development can bring a stable financial future to Norwalk. It is important that Norwalk has a strong economic development plan,” he said.
Kydes pledged to help mend relationships between political parties, saying, “Political party conflict is not allowing Norwalk to improve. We need to remember that we are all Norwalkers! Whether it’s a conversation, an email or social media, I will listen to everyone’s ideas and concerns.”