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Letter: Why I'm Supporting Vinny Mangiacopra For Mayor

NORWALK, Conn. ? The Norwalk Daily Voice accepts signed, original letters to the editor. We reserve the right to edit submissions, but we respectfully ask that you keep your correspondence under 500 words. Please send letters to norwalk@dailyvoice.com .

To the Editor:

I am supporting Vinny Mangiacopra for Mayor this year and I’d like to share how my unique perspective as a Common Council member has led me to this decision.

Vinny personally recruited me to run for Common Council and helped me navigate the many challenges that arose during the campaign. What struck me about Vinny as we worked together was his ability to work with people from all walks of life and draw a consensus among those with a diverse set of opinions. Anyone who is familiar with lack of cohesiveness at City Hall knows that we could use a leader who’s an effective communicator and uniter. When you deal with Vinny, you quickly realize that he’s worked in government before and understands how to gather everyone’s opinion and move debate towards resolution.

What’s also admirable about his leadership style is his eagerness to have everyone’s opinion heard—especially the opinion of those who historically haven’t gotten the representation they deserve. I’ve seen firsthand that Vinny is ready and willing to represent us all.

That is exactly what Norwalk needs: new leadership that offers a fresh approach to the way Norwalk does business. But Vinny brings more to the table

Leadership is also about vision.  The future of Norwalk is at stake in this election. We can’t keep going to the same well for answers to the challenges that continue to plague this city. We need a Mayor who will do more than cut ribbons and run the city’s day-to-day operations. We need a Mayor who looks to the future and has a plan for a better Norwalk. Vinny is the only candidate in this race who has offered a real plan to create long term prosperity and improvement for the city.

That’s what I believe Vinny brings to the table. He is the only candidate with a plan, and the experience to get it done. I hope you will join me in my support of Vinny, and help us realize our demand for Norwalk's Future Now in November.

Warren A. Peña Minority Leader, Norwalk Common Council Committees: Finance/ Claims, Ordinance, Planning, Land Use & Building Management

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