NORWALK, Conn. – A mayoral meet-and-greet planned for early May in South Norwalk is part of a new approach for the Norwalk Democratic Town Committee (NDTC), leaders say.
“This represents a great opportunity to get everyone together and hear from the candidates,” District C Chairman Samuel A. Disraelly said in a press release. “But even more so, it exemplifies the Norwalk Democratic Town Committee’s new priority to serve the community and not be restricted to those familiar with the political arena.”
The meet and greet will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the South Norwalk Community Center, located at 98 South Main St. in South Norwalk. It will be a family-friendly event with ethnic cuisine in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, the press release said.
NDTC Chairwoman Amanda Brown said the party plans many occasions for open communication with the mayoral candidates this year.
“This is a very important election year,” she said in the release. “Our city is at a crossroads and the man chosen in November will have to deal with the systemic issues that have plagued us for years. The public is ready for a change and the Democratic Party is committed to providing the reasons why a Democratic administration is best for our city right now. Every vote of support that we earn over the coming months solidifies our common consensus that it is imperative for Norwalk to move beyond the stagnation of today and enjoy the 21st century development and growth it deserves.”
There will likely be a Democratic primary in September as four men – District D Chairman Vinny Mangiacopra, former Town Clerk Andy Garfunkel, Common Councilman Matt Miklave and former Norwalk Police Chief Harry Rilling – are vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Mayor Richard Moccia this fall.
Mangiacopra and Rilling seem to be on board for the meet-and-greet.
“This is an opportune time for all the Democrats to come together for our collective goal, which is bringing strong leadership back to the City of Norwalk,” Mangiacopra said in the release. “Our campaign looks forward to being part of it.”
Rilling used similar words.
“I think this is a wonderful opportunity for the community to meet the candidates and the candidates to meet the people we serve,” he said in the release. “The community members will learn about us and have time to decide who they feel will best serve them as their mayor.”
Other planned mayoral events include a District E forum from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 23 at Roton Middle School, Chairman Bill Krummel said. That will include the candidates answering questions from the public.