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D.C. Lawmakers Endorse Rilling For Norwalk Mayor

Norwalk's incumbent Democratic Mayor Harry Rilling. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky, File
2015 Republican candidate for Norwalk mayor Kelly Straniti. Photo Credit: Facebook

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling has received some serious backing from Washington, D.C., as several Democratic lawmakers endorsed his bid for re-election.

According to a statement from Rilling's camp, the incumbent mayor received support from U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th District), and U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (both D-Conn.).

"I am honored to have the endorsement of these three public servants that have done such great work for Norwalk in Washington," Rilling said in a statement.

The lawmakers' praise for the mayor was effusive.

Himes lauded Rilling's economic record. "He finally has Norwalk moving again after almost a decade of stagnation," Himes said.

Calling Rilling an effective and responsive leader, Murphy said the mayor's strength is his way the people.

"Harry listens to his constituents and seeks immediate action to any problems brought to his attention," said Murphy in the statement.

Blumenthal praised the mayor's past experience in the military and as Norwalk's former chief of police.

City voters will choose between Rilling and Republican challenger, Kelly Straniti, on Tuesday.

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