NORWALK, Conn. -- The League of Women Voters of Norwalk sent a brief questionnaire to all Norwalk candidates in the Aug. 12 primary election.
The following are the responses of Republican registrar of voters candidate John Federici. The GOP-endorsed candidate, Federici is facing Karen Doyle Lyons in the primary. You can read her responses here on the Daily Voice.
Why did you decide to run for registrar of voters as opposed to some other office?
I have been asked by the Republican Party twice before to run for registrar, but the timing was not right for me. Being urged by many high ranking individuals in the RTC I felt now was the right time to run. As a member of the RTC for 18 years and being its vice-chair for four of those years, I have respected many of the members opinions and felt honored that they wanted me to run for this position.
Considering your education, employment experience, political involvement and personal attributes, what qualifications do you have to be a good registrar of voters?
I am a lifelong resident of Norwalk, attended Norwalk Schools, run a business as vice-president/operations in Norwalk, have been active in our community for many years. Presently on the board of Keystone House (17 years) and its past vice-chairman and chairman, former member of the Board of Estimate and Taxation (two years), past member of the Parking Authority (six years) and its chairman for four of those years, former member of the Historical Commission (five years), appointed to the Norwalk Charter Revision Committee in 2000, former officer in the Sons of Italy, past member of the South Norwalk Boat Club, Norwalk Quartette Club and the Coachman's Rod and Custom Car Club.
I have multiple supervisory and technical skills through my more than 40 years of experience of running businesses in Norwalk. I believe my work ethic and dedication to whatever I endeavor to do is my most dominant strength, and that I will serve the citizen's of Norwalk well.
If elected, what will be your three top priorities, and why?
Work with staff to bring all the voter registration information up to date. Currently many of the names and phone numbers and addresses on file in the RoV are outdated and incorrect.
Bring a cooperative attitude and work ethic to the position of Republican RoV and dedicate myself to performing the duties of Registrar that the taxpayers deserve.
Understand and work with the attitude that my job is important to the city, to the voters and to the elected officials of all parties who rely on accurate and updated voter registration information.