By Common Council member Warren Peña
NORWALK, Conn. – What do you think will happen in 2013?
More than a week ago I sent an email to everyone on the Common Council asking for predictions. So far, we have one person willing to offer his thoughts: Minority Leader Warren Peña (D-At Large). He said:
Here is what I see from a Democratic perspective.
On the council –
I and my caucus will look for areas where we can work with all members of the council to accomplish positive, forward thinking, progressive reform that Norwalk needs. However, if 2013 looks anything like 2012, in terms of the majority party silencing the minority party – it will be nothing but more political posturing, gamesmanship and political maneuvering.
In other words, my caucus will continue to put forth ideas that we feel is relevant to address as a legislative body. It will be in an election year, so everything will be polarized and looked at carefully. I am an optimistic person but do not see the Republicans working with the Democratic Caucus, especially since they’ve secured three votes from the Democratic side to push their agenda.
As a party leader in the DTC –
The very interesting thing we have going on as a party is that we have numerous amounts of interested parties that would like the top spot of our ticket, the mayoral endorsement.
I am looking forward to seeing who positions themselves properly by standing with our caucus, our members on the school board, our party and other folks standing up against the status quo here in Norwalk. It is certainly time for new ideas and new leadership.
Needless to say, it seems that we will have primaries, not only for mayor but in a couple of districts for council. I/we welcome these primaries as a healthy thing in our process. We look forward to supporting our endorsed candidates and WINNING.
We are better positioned and more united and organized than ever. We have been changing the landscape of our party over the past couple of years and will continue to do so going into the convention, primary and general elections. The ultimate goal is to get the right like-minded people in the right places come November 2013.
Warren A. Peña
Minority Leader, Norwalk Common Council
Committees: Finance/ Claims, Ordinance, Planning, Land Use & Building Management
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