NORWALK, Conn. – The waiting will soon be over: Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia is going to let us all know Feb. 5 whether he is running for re-election.
The Republican Town Committee sent out a press release Saturday morning announcing that at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Norwalk Inn the mayor will “announce his intentions for the upcoming 2013 Municipal election cycle.”
Moccia, 69, has been contemplating whether to seek re-election for the fourth time. He became mayor in late 2005 after beating incumbent Democratic Mayor Alex Knopp by 176 votes.
Three Democrats have taken steps to become their party’s candidate for mayor and there may soon be a fourth person competing for the role. Former Norwalk Police Chief Harry Rilling has expressed an interest and said last week that he would make a decision within a few days.
Former Town Clerk Andy Garfunkel, who unsuccessfully tried to unseat Moccia in 2010, is among those seeking the nomination. Democratic Town Committee member Vinny Mangiacopra filed papers Tuesday, and Common Councilman Matt Miklave (District A) has formed an exploratory committee.
Many people speculated that Common Councilman David Watts (District A) also wanted to be mayor. Watts said this week that he had thought about it and decided against it, as he wants more time to learn to be a legislator.
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