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Candidate Says He'd Bring New Voice to Norwalk

NORWALK, Conn. – The following letter to the editor was submitted by a candidate for the Norwalk Common Council.

My name is Warren A. Peña, and I am running for Norwalk Common Council. I was born and raised in Norwalk, and have hopes of continuing to flourish in this great city, as it has provided my family and I a number of opportunities. We are of Nicaraguan descent and have been able to build a life for ourselves here, and through this struggle I was able to recognize the state of urgency that our city is currently in. I am a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual, and my mother Nelsy, an entrepreneur by trade, has owned her own business in Norwalk for a number of years. Through her salon and my financial planning practice, we have had the opportunity to see the successes and struggles of many in Norwalk area first-hand. I am running to amplify their collective voice and to give back to a city that has given me so much.

The state of our educational system is particularly disconcerting. Many of my former classmates have given up on Norwalk and are looking to surrounding towns to move and educate their young families. This is a trend that hits close to home and I want to give my generation and those in the future the confidence that Norwalk has a first-rate educational system. We need to help rehabilitate our schools so that Norwalk families can continue to grow here, knowing that they are providing their children with great learning opportunities. Confidence in our educational system is imperative for our community to thrive.

I often wonder what is going on with our infrastructure and paralysis of the development in Norwalk. I learned at a very young age the true definition of "time is money" as I worked in the construction and carpentry business. This lesson rings true with our many stagnated development projects–the more time we waste, the more it's going to cost. This city has so much to offer from a commercial and residential perspective and we need to capitalize on these opportunities to create jobs and provide employment for Norwalk residents to work in their own city.

As far as crime, how many times must we hear or read about another shooting, stabbing or violent crime taking place in Norwalk? Norwalk is a great city and a city where all of its residents and visitors should feel safe. I understand that crime will not ever go away. However, there are precautions that we must take to help prevent our city from being victim of more felonies and misdemeanors. We need to create plans that focus on prevention and partnerships with the community.

Together, Norwalk can make it happen and I want to do my part to make our success a reality. That's why I am running.

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