NORWALK, Conn. – Democratic Mayoral candidate Vinny Mangiacopra rolled out several endorsements Friday to show that his candidacy is continuing to build momentum following an impressive quarter of fundraising.
Speaking in front of Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now on South Main Street, Mangiacopra emphasized his desire to work for all of the city’s residents.
“In the short few months since we entered the race we have been humbled by the amount of support we’ve received, both financially and in the field,” he said. “People clearly want change in Norwalk and with their support I plan on delivering it. Together we are going to get Norwalk working for the middle class again.”
Mangiacopra’s campaign said it raised more than $40,000 during the most recent quarter, more than any of the other Democrats seeking the party’s nomination, Harry Rilling, Matt Miklave and Andy Garfunkel. More than 130 people donated to his campaign during the quarter.
Rilling quickly countered that “individual Norwalk donors have contributed over 21 percent more to the Rilling campaign than to the other three campaigns combined,” but his campaign not offer specific numbers.
“As probably the most important measure of local support in a financial filing, Harry’s results highlight that he is by far the most popular and most electable candidate with Norwalk voters, and we’re very grateful that they’re willing to open their wallets to show their support,” said Rilling’s campaign coordinator Dave Murchie in a statement.
At the endorsement event Friday, Mangiacopra was joined by Common Council members David Watts and Anna Duleep, organized labor leader Peter Carroll, who runs the local building trades union, former council members Travis Simms and Nora King, former police chaplin Rev. Nellie Mann and former Norwalk Selectman Taber Hamilton.
Additionally, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, state Rep. Geoff Luxenberg from Manchester, former Fairfield First Selectman Ken Flatto and Bridgeport City Council President Tom McCarthy were also on hand to offer their endorsements of Mangiacopra.
“In the 21st Century, a mayor must be the chief advocate for his city—in town, in Hartford, across the state and across the entire country—and anything less won’t cut it,” said Mangiacopra. “Today was just a preview of what will come if I am given the honor of being mayor of this great city. We’re putting Norwalk back on the map—a goal I set out to accomplish at the outset of this campaign.”
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