Lisa Brinton is unaffiliated and the Republican endorsed candidate for Mayor.
Recently, prominent local Democrats have accused me of making hateful comments and being “anti-immigrant, anti-people of color, and anti-diversity.” I want to set the record straight for anyone who doesn’t already know me – nothing could be further from the truth: I am none of those things.
What I am is deeply concerned about addressing the complex challenges that face our city now and in the future. Complex challenges do not have simple solutions – soundbites and personal attacks provide no solutions at all. Immigration policy is a highly polarized national issue that is, sadly, now all too often reduced to a binary choice by politicians from both sides: you are either pro-immigration, embracing diversity, or anti-immigration, driven by hate.
As far as my position on these issues, first and foremost I reject this binary choice.
Norwalk is an incredibly diverse city and I embrace that diversity. I recognize that we are a nation of immigrants and I believe that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. As mayor, I will have no say in crafting our national immigration policy, however, it will be my responsibility to address the very real challenges on the ground, created as a result of the polarized national debate that has produced innumerable soundbites, unfathomable division, and no concrete solutions whatsoever.
Governing is hard work, we must face the realities of budgetary concerns and balance competing interests. We must craft solutions that best serve all of the residents of Norwalk. I am committed to seeing Norwalk continue to be a welcoming and diverse city. However, we are not a welcoming city if we then allow the most vulnerable of our residents to be exploited because we fail to properly regulate and enforce housing codes and safety regulations. We are not a welcoming city if we cannot adequately fund the programs in our educational system that address the complex needs of our diverse students. We are not a welcoming city if rising taxes push out single family homeowners or if fortress apartment developments, resulting gentrification, and rising rents price out existing, long term residents.
As mayor, I will roll up my sleeves and work every day to find realistic, meaningful solutions to these complex challenges. In seeking such solutions, we must first reject the entrenched party positions on all sides. I will reach into our community to find the best solutions regardless of who they come from and regardless of if they are Democrats, Republicans, or Independents. I want to unite our community and draw on our best and brightest to implement innovative, effective solutions. I challenge those Democrats who have expressed their opinions so forcefully on this issue to roll up their sleeves with me when I am mayor and bring their best ideas to the table.
I was deeply disappointed to read the recent attacks levelled at me by some local Democrats. These are men who are also members of this community and my neighbors. I value and love this community and as mayor I will do the hard work required each and every day to bring us together, not split us apart.
Norwalk’s uniqueness lies in the very fact that we are a city which retains the feel and character of a close-knit community. We should not be attacking one another. I am not anti-diversity, but I am anti-divisiveness. Let’s unite in our shared love of our great city Norwalk and work together to make it the very best that it can be. Let’s leave the divisiveness behind and get back to governing from a place of best ideas and hard work, not best soundbites.
I am Lisa Brinton, and I am pro-Norwalk.