NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Attorney Emily Wilson’s campaign committee announced Friday that Wilson, the Republican Party-endorsed candidate for State Representative in the 142nd District, has been award a Citizen’s Election Program grant.
Wilson is the first candidate in the three person field to officially receive the state grant. To qualify, candidates must raise $5,000 from at least 150 people living in Norwalk and New Canaan.
Her primary election opponent, Fred Wilms, announced April 15 that he had crossed the fundraising threshold, but he has not yet announced officially getting the grant.
Democratic candidate Andy Garfunkel announced April 11 that he had raised enough money to qualify. According to campaign spokeswoman Deb Goldstein, Garfunkel’s campaign donations have undergone an initial review and it is just a matter of filing the paperwork, which is on hold while Garfunkel’s treasurer recovers from a recent hospital stay.
The State Elections Enforcement Commission met for the first time this year on Thursday, May 28, to review the CEP grant applications, and Wilson was among the first candidates to be approved, her release stated.
“I am so excited to receive this grant so early. I’m also truly grateful to the many people who have supported me. I won’t let them down,” said Wilson in the release. “My campaign will be honest, and I will work hard to address important issues like reining in spending, reducing taxes and getting small business open.”
Earlier this month, Wilson received the endorsement of the Republican Party to be the candidate to replace 22-year incumbent Larry Cafero, who decided to step down. Wilson serves Norwalk as the vice chairwoman of the Zoning Commission, and she serves as the president of the board of the Norwalk Senior Center.