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Candidates: It's Time for a Better South Norwalk

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a statement from the candidates of "A Better South Norwalk," which hopes to win Tuesday's District B primary for spots on the Democratic Town Committee.

With concern for citizens and residents, Sandra Stokes, one of the five candidates running in the DTC Primary scheduled for Tuesday, says the slate's primary mission is to "improve issues that have hindered the quality of life in South Norwalk." We want to educate South Norwalk residents on the issues and events that shape our community. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Social progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and the persistent work of dedicated individuals; and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation. We must realize that the time is always ripe to do right."

Improvement really does start with leadership. Nabil Valencia believes "leaders need to be mindful that South Norwalk is a diverse community and the decisions that are made need to be inclusionary and transparent. Most people don't even know what's being decided for them."

This slate of candidates is comprised of life-long South Norwalkers and they are intimately acquainted with the issues that District B faces.

As questions about the leadership in South Norwalk have been dominating the headlines, Phaedrel Bowman believes "our current elected and community officials need to be effective with moving the downtown area in a positive direction and not misallocating needed resources."

Ernie Dumas agrees with her, "the time has come to end self-interested leadership in 'B,' our kids and our community deserve better. We must put an end to the divisible and extreme brand of politics in our community."

The slate understands that improvements to infrastructure, economic development and antipoverty initiatives are key to stimulating the District B community. Empowering residents is an important part of the slate's mission to restore and sustain the value of South Norwalk. Travis Simms feels that we need to create jobs in our district, build quality affordable housing in our community, support local small businesses and ensure that the fruits of development are properly dispersed in South Norwalk."

There is a Rally for A Better South Norwalk where you can hear more about the candidates and their plans to transform the community which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Brewhouse Restaurant located at 13 Marshall St. The public is invited. The primary is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6th. Voting will take place at Columbus Magnet School and Nathaniel Ely School. The polls will be open from 6 a.m.- 8 p.m. We encourage all South Norwalk residents to come out and vote Row B, for a Better South Norwalk.

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