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Letter: McQuaid Says His Experience Is Key

NORWALK, Conn. – This letter is from Republican Rick McQuaid, president of the Norwalk Common Council and an intervention specialist at Naramake Elementary School. He is running for town clerk.

I would like to take this opportunity to publically thank all of my family, friends and constituents for their generosity and support of my campaign for Norwalk town clerk.

My decision to run for Norwalk town clerk was made after careful consideration of the responsibilities affiliated with the position and my experience in city government.

My dedication to the city of Norwalk began at age 12 when I first volunteered my time working on then State Sen. Jack Rudolf's mayoral campaign. Handing out flyers, I gained the opportunity to interact with many of Norwalk's residents, and to learn what issues of concern they had.

At age 18, after waiting six years to run for public office, I was the youngest elected Justice of the Peace in the state of Connecticut.

Subsequently, I worked in the management field in the private sector, supervising a staff of employees.

Most recently, I have been employed by the Norwalk Board of Education and have worked as an intervention specialist as well as acting as the before- and after-school coordinator.

I have also worked for more than 10 years for Norwalk's Parks and Recreation Department as a Play and Learn Site Coordinator.

I have served on the Common Council from 1993 through 2001, and then from 2003 to date.

While on the Council, I served as majority leader, minority leader and Council President. I was chairman of the Personnel, and Health Welfare and Public Safety Committees for the city of Norwalk for eight years, and was on the board of directors for Keystone House and Neon.

I consider some of my biggest accomplishments to be the renovation of the Norwalk dog pound, the addition to the Naramake School Building, the construction of our new police headquarters, the construction of our new fire headquarters, the Brookside School replacement and the addition of over 25 street light projects.

I look forward to bringing my more than 30 years of experience in Norwalk's elections, my 16 years serving on the Common Council, working on annual budgets during favorable and negative economic times, my 13 years of experience working for the Norwalk Board of Education, my 10 years of experience running the Marvin Elementary School camp and supervising a staff of 23 counselors and more than 250 children, and my lifelong experience of living in the city of Norwalk with my wife and our five children to the office of Norwalk town clerk.

Thank you for the privilege of serving you over the last 30 years, and for your support of my campaign for Norwalk town clerk.

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