NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s Democratic party will decide among four mayoral candidates Tuesday to take on four-term Republican incumbent Mayor Richard Moccia in November’s election.
The Democrats are holding the party’s nominating convention Tuesday night in City Hall, and the group will decide among former Town Clerk Andy Garfunkel, District D Democratic Chairman Vinny Mangiacopra, current Common Councilman Matt Miklave and former Police Chief Harry Rilling.
Norwalk's Republicans will hold their nominating meeting on July 22 at 7 p.m. at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center on East Avenue.
Although the Democrats will officially make a choice of who will run for Norwalk’s top office, that will probably not end the debate.
According to the Secretary of the State’s website, candidates that not endorsed by the party will be able to file petitions for a primary. Petitions must be in by Aug. 7 at 4 p.m., if necessary, the primary will be on Sept. 10. Election Day will be on Nov. 5.
Tuesday’s meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Community Room, and in addition to a mayoral candidate, the Democrats will also choose candidates to run for the Common Council, the Board of Education, town clerk, Taxing District commissioners and other posts.
Party Chairwoman Amanda Brown said Democrats intend to leave no race unchallenged.
“We desire to have candidates for all positions,” said Brown.
In recent weeks, Brown was embroiled in a controversy concerning a physical altercation between her and Bill and Regina Krummel after the three argued over Board of Education candidates.
Despite calls for Brown to step down as party chair, she and the Krummels held a joint news conference a few days after the July 1 incident.
In a statement, Brown apologized and sought to move forward.
“I acted in a way that is contrary to the ideals and aspirations that I strive to live by every day. For that I have apologized to God for not showing the unfailing love of Christ even though adversity, the Norwalk community, my church and the Krummels.
“Please know that I am not impervious to weakness or mistakes in any of my positions as a mother, a grandmother or a civic leader. I am only human. Nonetheless I have been taught that you are not defined by your mistakes, but what you learn from them. That is what makes you who you are. I have learned a lot in this ordeal.
“The Krummels and I have reconciled with one another. We both regret the fact that our emotions got the best of us in this incident. It is our shared desire to refocus our attention on what matters most,” said Brown.
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