Norwalk Dem says he’s running for mayor

Common Council member Matt Miklave (D-At Large) speaks at a rally last March at Norwalk City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – Let Norwalk’s mayoral jousting begin.

Democratic Council Member Matt Miklave (District A) is the first to announce that he would like to run for mayor in next November’s election. Miklave, a four-term council member, says he has has filed papers with the town clerk for an exploratory committee for his candidacy.

“It is no secret that I have had serious disagreements with the Moccia administration’s handling of the Board of Education, city budgeting, economic development and the treatment of city workers,” Miklave said in an email. “I want to do more than simply criticize the current administration. I want to be part of a larger discussion about what we can do to change the trajectory of our city – reforming the budget process to end the yearly fight over funding for our schools; partnering with city employees to improve the quality of services we provide to our community; refocusing economic development to create long-term, high-wage jobs for the 21st Century; working with all stakeholders to build a more vibrant, livable community; and working to make our city’s government more accessible and accountable to the public.”

First elected to the Common Council in Nov. 2001, Miklave served on the council and as chair of the Planning Committee from 2001 until 2007, when he lost his bid for re-election bid by 10 votes. As a freshman council member, Miklave was selected by his peers to serve as council president in 2002 to 2003.

Miklave was again elected to the council in 2011.

Miklave has also been active in the community for many years, serving on the Schools for the New Millennium Committee (1999-2000), participating in the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute, and serving on the Boards of Directors of the United Way of Norwalk and Wilton from 2001 to 2008, and the Norwalk River Rowing Association (2008 to 2011). Miklave and his family have lived in Norwalk for more than 20 years. He and his wife, Sandra, have three children, two of whom attend Norwalk Public Schools and one of whom is in college.

Miklave works a labor, employment and civil rights attorney with Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut. Miklave says he graduated “with distinction” from the American University with a B.S. in political science (1981), and earned a Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Notre Dame (1984). He has been recognized by LawDragon and HR Executive Magazine as being one of the “Top 100: The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Lawyers,” (2010, 2011 and 2012) and as one of “New York Area’s ‘Best Lawyers’ (Labor and Employment)” (2005 to 2012).



5 responses to “Norwalk Dem says he’s running for mayor”

  1. LWitherspoon

    This explains why Attorney Miklave has been bloviating more than usual over the past year or so, pandering to every interest group imaginable. Sometimes his pandering to one group contradicts his pandering to another group. For example, to proponents of a Beach Road bike lane, Miklave declared that he PERSONALLY would paint the marking for a bike lane. In his rush to pander, Miklave forgot that by doing so he would be taking work away from City DPW Union workers, another interest group with which he works way too hard to curry favor.

    Miklave’s self-contradictory pandering proves the maxim that a friend to all is a friend to none. I don’t want a Mayor who all but declares he’s going to give the City Employee Unions whatever they want, there are countless examples of cities and towns across the country who have bankrupted themselves by doing so. Were I a registered Democrat, Former Police Chief Rilling would get my vote.

    1. tim T

      “Former Police Chief Rilling would get my vote”.
      WOW Rilling could not run one department in the city and you would want him to run thE whole city…ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW

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  2. oldtimer

    Now I understand, BLOVIATING is your word for expressing opinions you disagree with. Are you sure DPW employees painted the lines for the bike lane on Calf Pasture beach rd, and your buddy, the colonel, didn’t outsource that job to a private contractor ?

  3. oldtimer

    If you bothered to look up the facts, you would know that his practice is working for management, not labor. You are quick to use terms like pandering, don’t you know how to spell representing ? That is why he has been elected, to represent the people who elected him.,

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