Rilling to announce re-election bid Sunday

Mayor Harry Rilling.
Mayor Harry Rilling.

NORWALK, Conn.  – Mayor Harry Rilling plans to announce his intent to run for a second two-year term at a gathering at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Hilton Garden Inn at 560 Main Ave.

“Two years ago I made the decision to run for mayor of Norwalk,” Rilling wrote in an invitation emailed by Friends of Rilling. “I was confident in my ability to move Norwalk forward in the best direction possible, but I had never run for political office before. Thankfully, I had the most incredible team of supporters across the city, helping every step of the way. …”

“That is why I am thrilled to have the opportunity to invite you to join me as I formally announce my candidacy to move Norwalk forward for a second term as mayor.”

“Please feel free to invite your family and friends as this announcement will be open to all who are interested.”

Rilling beat four-term incumbent Republican Richard Moccia by 1,500 votes in 2013. No Republicans have announced an intention to run against Rilling, but Republican Town Committee Chairman Pete Torrano said recently his group is talking with potential candidates.

As on Jan. 10, Friends of Rilling had raised more than $22,000 for the mayor’s re-election bid.


6 responses to “Rilling to announce re-election bid Sunday”

  1. piberman

    Imagine if the GOP didn’t contest the Mayor’s re-election on the sensible grounds that Nowalk Mayors traditionally receive at least two terms. Then the $100k plus campaign funds could be used to support Council and BOE candidates with the expecttion that candidtaes would run an “old fashioned” campaign with OpEds, coherent platforms demonstrating knowledge of the City, meaningful real “debates”, informed mailers, etc. Why subject a reluctant GOP candidate to a failed campaign just for the “experience” ? Dream on.

  2. Peter Parker

    He should hang his head in shame. He’s done nothing.

  3. LWitherspoon

    I seem to recall candidate Rilling declaring staunch opposition to the Mall at 95/7. Now Mayor Rilling is saying things like he was pleased when he saw the design, and if we don’t give the developer what he wants, there will be a long period of nothing happening at the site. There is no sign of the Mayor rallying opposition to the project or using his influence to prevent a mall at 95/7.

    What gives? Could it be that the Mayor who won election by opposing big boxes will preside over the development of the biggest big box of all at 95/7? How interesting that a prominent local developer who is still involved in 95/7 was recently revealed to be a contributor to the Mayor’s re-election campaign.

  4. Notaffiliated

    I think triple dipping is a good thing

  5. Tysen14

    God help us… My 9 year old could do a better job than Harry. Has he done anything except sit at NY Bakery and eat bacon and eggs….

  6. Not a Supporter of Harry

    I have to tell you,

    I’m not a supporter of Harry, but one must ask: What the heck did Dick do? He stalled at everything and never pushed forward.

    Regardless if Harry lied about the opposition of big box stores, they are coming and it will produce more jobs at least. It will grow the city more instead of Dick keeping it stagnant.

    We will never be happy with ANY politician sitting in that office – that’s a fact.

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