Election 2011

Election 2011: Candidate Profiles

M ay o r
Andy Garfunkel

Richard A. Moccia
Republican (Incumbent)

Job title and employer: Town Clerk, City of Norwalk
What sets you apart from other candidates? e drive to help make Norwalk a better place. Everyday I talk to constituents who voice their concerns about their livelihood and the city we live in. As your Town Clerk for over ten years, I have had an open door policy and have made a commitment to listen to and hear what's important to you, and I have made a commitment

Job title and employer: Mayor, City of Norwalk

What sets you apart from other candidates? Experience. In the five years I have served as Mayor, I have worked hard to keep Norwalk on track and moving forward in a positive direction. I first ran for Mayor with the promise to listen and respond. I have done so. My administration listens and we work for you. We have a vision for the future and we follow through on that vision by attacking to helping you. problems head-on everyday, and not just on Election I am running for Mayor because I know I can move Day." Norwalk forward in the right direction. I will ensure that Website: www.mocciaformayor.com our stalled development projects are brought back to life. I will expand our grand list and broaden our tax base so Family: Married to Barbara Moccia. our residents have less of a burden. I will follow through Education on every commitment I make as your Mayor. I'm the best - Stamford High School candidate for the job because I know how to get things - Sacred Heart University – Legal Studies done, and I will make sure they will get done." - Marywood College – Bachelor of Science Business Website: www.GarfunkelforMayor.com Administration -Norwalk Community College - Liberal Arts Education: Elected office experience: - Norwalk High School -Mayor - City of Norwalk, 2005 - Present - University of Bridgeport- eater Tech Major - Former Common Council Member Elected office experience: Other political or community activities: I have been honored to serve the City of Norwalk as Current Member: town clerk for the past ten years. It has been a privilege - Norwalk Republican Town Committee to be re-elected by the citizens of our city for five terms. - American Legion During my tenure as Town Clerk I introduced and im- Norwalk Exchange Club plemented technological improvements; established a - Slant of Light eater Company - Board of Advisors process that increased access to all Land Records and - Maritime Aquarium Authority & Board of Trustees maps; and decreased the operating costs of the office. - Courage to Speak Advisory Board (drug prevention Under my leadership, the Norwalk Town Clerk’s Office is revered as a model for the Offices of the Town Clerks program) - Connecticut Conference of Municipalities throughout the State of Connecticut as well as being a - U.S. Conference of Mayors leading provider of Vital and Land Records. Former Member: - Connecticut State Marshal Other political or community activities: - Member - City of Norwalk Common Council - Norwalk Democratic Town Committee - Commissioner - City of Norwalk Fire Commission - Member of the Norwalk Arts Commission - Commissioner - City of Norwalk Fair Rent Commis- Norwalk Historical Society sion - Norwalk Exchange Club - Member - Mayor’s Redistricting Committee - Sons of Italy Micca Pietro Lodge #74 - City (of Norwalk) Sheriff - Constable, City of Norwalk Former Member: - Member & Officer - Norwalk Sons’ of Italy, Pietro - Served as Wolfpit Elementary School PTO president Micca Lodge for four years - Member - Connecticut Republicans, State Central - NEON Board Committee - e Norwalk Human Relations Commission Former Chairman: - Board of Trustees of the Norwalk Seaport Associa- Norwalk Republican Town Committee (11 years) tion - Norwalk School Building Committee - Norwalk YMCA Programs and Membership Com- Norwalk Charter Revision Commission mittee Former President: - Schools for the New Millennium Steering Committee - Norwalk Sons’ of Italy, Pietro Micca Lodge - Board of Trustees of the Congregation Beth-El in Veteran: U.S. Air Force Norwalk - Former mentor in the Norwalk Public Schools List your three top issues to address if you were to List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. - Education be elected: - Public Safety - Education - Economic Development / Taxes - Economic Development/Taxes - Public Safety

City sheriff
Vinny Mangiacopra

Job title and employer: Public Affairs/ Business Development Specialist Education: Masters Degree in Public Administration - City Management Concentration - University of New Haven; Bachelors of Science - Sacred Heart University; Graduate - Connecticut School of Broadcasting; Graduate - Notre Dame Catholic High School - Fairfield, CT" Other political or community activities: District D Democratic Chairman; Norwalk Democratic Town Committee Executive Member List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. 1. Make an strong emphasis on bringing our communities together.

Steve Papadakos

Job title and employer: Real Estate Owner/Broker Papadakos Realty What sets you apart from other candidates? Current incumbent Sheriff for the past two years and prior to that two 2 year terms as an elected Constable for the City of Norwalk. As a small business owner I have the flexibility to pass on work when needed to my real estate agents so I can be available to serve as City Sheriff whenever I am needed. Family: Married to Mary Papadakos with two children: Dean, 10 years old, and Christina, 8 years old. Education: Attended J. M. Wright Technical High School in Stamford and Private Studies in Business Law and Banking in Sparti Greece. Along with my Real Estate University for my Broker’s licensing courses & exam. 2-year term as constable. Elected office experience: Current Sheriff of the City of Norwalk.

Election 2011: Candidate Profiles

City treasurer
Ralph DePanfilis

Other political or community activities: Prior Chairman of Human Relations Commission for the City of Norwalk. Prior Fair Housing Advisory Commission for the City of Norwalk. Member of the RTC. Member of District C.

Profession: Retired, USPS Postmaster What sets you apart from other candidates? I have been involved in Norwalk politics since my return from the war. I was born in Norwalk and have devoted my life to improving the community. I have been a member of my church, as well as many other associations over the last 60+ years. Family: 7 children, 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Son Anthony is Judge of Probate for Wilton and Norwalk. Ralph, Jr owns RL DePanfilis and Company, an accounting firm

List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. 1) Public Safety. 2) Community InvolveJob title and employer: Executive Assistant, Office of ment. 3) The rights of all children and senior citizens. the State Treasurer What sets you apart from other candidates? I have served in this capacity before and believe my experience is an asset to the position. I have served as an Executive Assistant to the State Treasurer, working in the Cash Management Division for the last 13 years. My responsibilities include working with Connecticut banks as well as our 169 municipalities. Family: I'm a mother of two sons, born and educated in the Norwalk Public Schools. I am proud to brag about my five beautiful granchildren. My two brothers and I were born and raised in Connecticut and choose to live here raise our families here and contribute to our communities.

Donna Iacovacci King

Education: Norwalk High School, Class of 1942, U.S. Education: I am a graduate of Stamford Catholic High Merchant Marine Academy, Class of 1944 School have attended Faifield University and UConn for undergraduate studies. Elected office experience: Treasurer for many years; Chairman, Second Taxing District Commission Elected office experience: I served three plus terms on the Norwalk Common Council. I have served as City Other political or community activities: Former Treasurer for three terms and am currently serving my Chairman, Planning and Zoning, Former Secretary/Trea- fourth term as a very active Justice of the Peace. surer of the Republican Town Committee. Current Member, Oak Hills Commission. Rotary Club since 1956, Other political or community activities: I currently recipient of the Harris Award. Former President of the serve as an appointed member of the Maritime AuthorNorwalk Athletic Association, Former President of the St ity. I serve with eight other bipartisan members. I am the Ann's Club and also of the Insurance Agents Assoc. current chair and we oversee the Maritime Aquarium of Served on the Executive Board of the Salvation Army; Norwalk's bonded obligations to the City of Norwalk. As Italian American of the Year, Grand Marshall for 2011 Me- a Justice of the Peace, I have the privilege of marrying morial Day Parade. Served in WWII in the Merchant Ma- couples all over the State and consider myself a good amrine, chief mate, served in US Naval Reserve for 8 years bassador for the City of Norwalk. List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. 1. Keep Taxes Low 2. Fiscal Accountability 3. Support the mayor's efforts in all areas List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. My responsibilities will be to work with the Finance Department regarding any appropriate areas that they deem necessary. It is my past experience that the Finance Director handles the day to day operations.

Election 2011: Candidate Profiles

town Clerk (PiCk
David Jaeger

Peter Bondi
A Better Choice

Richard "Rick" A. McQuaid

Job title and employer: Owner/Manager - Bondi ReJob title and employer: Assistant Vice President, FiJob title and employer: Intervention Specialist, Noralty Group nancial Services Manager Peoples United Bank walk Board of Education What sets you apart from other candidates? My professional background. My experience as a Legislative Aide in Hartford and as a Branch Manager of a Financial Institution has given me the neccesary key learnings on how to manage the Town Clerk role and Office. e functions of my office and the Town Clerk are very similar. I lead by example, assist where needed and find proactive solutions to deliver to my customer base. Website: www.jaeger4norwalk.com, w w w . f a c e b o o k . c o m / . . . / D a v i d - J a e g e r-To w n Clerk/100002535008415 Family: Allyson Jaeger (wife) Public School Teacher Education: Norwalk High School; Sacred Heart University, B.S. Political Science & History Minor; University of New Haven, MBA What sets you apart from other candidates? For Norwalk’s residents, the Town Clerk’s office provides a vital number of services and is also a place where many outsiders get their first impression of our City. Because I have a lifetime of service to Norwalk’s families, I have true insight into how to best meet the needs of our diverse community. With my more than fifteen years of service on the Common Council, I would bring to the Town Clerk’s office a critical understanding of how to provide fiscally prudent upgrades that improve the effectiveness of the office for residents. In my work as a Director of Camp Play and Learn, and as the director of a family-centered before- and after-school program, I have demonstrated the ability to successfully lead a diverse staff. Combining leadership in city government, management experience and a lifetime of dedicated service to our City, I am uniquely qualified to serve my hometown as our Town Clerk. What sets you apart from other candidates? I have 26 years in business management,ownership and customer service. I have worked with Norwalk's Finance Department on City budgets and followed the Municipal Charter as Chairman of the Historical Commission. As a Realtor I am knowledgeable with state statutes,federal regulations and land title requirements pertaining to real estate transactions.I have experience with document preservation through my work with the Norwalk Museum. I have also worked with the Town Clerk and Registrar of Voters during Election Day. My proven leadership skills and total commitment to organizations such as e Norwalk Seaport,Norwalk Arts Commission,Celebrate the Past,Habitat for Humanity and e Norwalk Historical Commission have shown that I carry on my family tradition of volunteering and involvement in the community. Family: Married to Betty Bondi for 20 years; Two children - Guy and Michael; Daughter In Law - Melissa; Granddaughter - Mia Education: Graduated Norwalk High School; Norwalk Community College for business courses; Chamber of Commerce Small Business certification; Continuing Real Estate education - ongoing Elected office experience:ree term Constable; Common Council candidate Other political or community activities: Chairman of the Norwalk Historical Commission; Chairman of the Sheffield Island Lighthouse Restoration project; Volunteer for the Sheffield Island Lighthouse; Chairman of the Norwalk Seaport's Oyster Festival Operations Committee; Chairman of Celebrate the Past; Board member for Habitat for Humanity; Norwalk Arts Commission volunteer List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. Make the office as efficient as possible while serving the public. Review the City budget for cost reduction measures to ensure saving the taxpayers money. Introduce new technology making documents, deeds, mortgages and plat information available through the internet.

Family: I’ve truly been blessed with a family that supElected office experience: Common Council - Disports my work in giving back to our community. I’m the trict A, 2009 - Present proud dad of five amazing children. Amanda is a Senior Other political or community activities: Norwalk Ex- and Cassie is a Freshman at Southern Connecticut State change Club, Member; Sons of Italy, Pending Member; University. Bryan is a Sophomore at UConn ( Storrs ). My District A Democratic Committee, Member; Ambassa- two youngest, Morgan and Jaxson, are both students at NaramakeElementary School . My three older children dor, Greenwich Chamber of Commerce What are your top three issues if elected? Review are setting a great example for their little brother and siscredit card processing contract and search for better fi- ter. My wife, Alice, is a local attorney. Her devotion to her nancial solutions by negotiating a new processing rate, clients and our family is inspiring. eliminating the “convenience fee” to use a card and introducing a simultaneous online processing system that Education: I am a 1974 graduate of NorwalkHigh will build a data base of users so we can make processing School . As an employee of the Norwalk Public Schools, more efficient. Exploring options to implement fee based I regularly engage in professional development and have Internet access to land records that will allow member of many hours of training in bullying prevention, conflict public and business world to gain access to pertinent in- resolution and other areas needed for my work as an Information 24/7 and allow those same people more time tervention Specialist. to manage their everyday lives. ird, With a background of financial services I understand how important small Elected office experience: Presently, I am the Combusiness is in driving our local community. Often times mon Council President. I first served on the Norwalk the local Town Clerk is the first stop for entrepreneurs Common Council from 1993 to 2001; I returned to the when they come to file a trade name certificate. In these Council in 2003 and have been re-elected ever since. e tough times these citizens need help! I will make it a point length of my service on the Common Council has given to work with the Chamber of Commerce, Score and fi- me the opportunity to serve on most of our Committees nancial organizations to set up seminars and programs and to work closely in the oversight of our City’s departto provide support. ments. By seeing first-hand how effective and efficient City departments can best serve the community, I have the critical skills needed to promote the continued success of the Town Clerk’s office. I would bring to the Town Clerk’s office a true understanding of how to provide fiscally prudent upgrades that improve the effectiveness of the office for residents. Because I was raised in Norwalk , and have been active in our community since I was a teenager, I have been able to bring a unique perspective to serving the needs of all our citizens. As a member, and then Chairperson, of the Recreation & Parks Committee, I have worked to improve the public spaces in all neighborhoods throughout Norwalk. I have served on the committees which oversaw some tremendous, and much-needed, construction projects in Norwalk —from the expansion of Naramake and renovation of BrooksideElementary School to the improvements to the Norwalk High School athletic fields, I have been honored to contribute to projects which have helped our students. Other political or community activities: I am a Justice of the Peace and regularly perform many weddings for Norwalk residents. I am also active as a softball and volleyball referee and Norwalk Little League T-Ball coach. With two children at Naramake Elementary School , I am involved in their school’s Parent Teacher Organization. I have served on the Boards of Directors for several local charities that perform vital services to our fellow citizens (including the board of N.E.O.N., Inc.)and annually volunteer at e Oyster Festival. I also serve as a Trustee of the Norwalk Seaport Association, a member of the Executive Board of the Friends of Cranbury Park and as a commissioner on the Maritime Authority. List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. 1. I am committed to making sure that the Town Clerk’s office reflects the values and spirit of our incredible City. 2. We must maintain the Town Clerk’s office as the place where all citizens know that they will be treated courteously and professionally. is means keeping politics out of the office and empowering the professional staff to continue working collaboratively. 3. I will carefully examine the areas of change that are most critical to our citizens (such as making maps available on-line), being attentive to the costs of those improvements.

Election 2011: Candidate Profiles

C o u n C i l M a n - at - l a r g e ( P i C k
Warren A. Peña


Yvonne Rodriguez

Job title and employer: Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

Job title and employer: Human relations department for the Norwalk Public School system

What sets you apart from other candidates? I was born What sets you apart from other candidates? I am a and raised in Norwalk, and have taxpayer and i have a home and I unresided in several neighborhoods in derstand the importance of property this city. As a fellow Norwalk native, I value. e market value of our understand the struggles and the homes has decreased. I’m a licensed strengths of our people and our homereal estate agent, and i know the town. I take great pride in being a Normarket is bad now. walk citizen, and believe that my leadership skills will allow me to repreOther political or community sent the people of Norwalk to help our activities: Association of Latino Provoice be heard. is coming election fessionals, Finance and Accountwe have a chance to revitalize our city. ing;St. Jude's Children's Research Let us work together with a fresh perHospital spective, using innovative ideas to recreate our future. Norwalk has great potential that needs to be cultivated, and the List your three top issues to address if you were to growth of our city is in our hands. We should take advantage be elected. I had two children that graduated from the of this opportunity and be the change Norwalk needs. school system and I think that we have to work hard to Education: Graduate of e Financial Planning Program, raise the student achievement. also we need to have Fairfield University, Certified in 2009; B.S. in Criminal Justice more dropout prevention programs, including youth with a concentration in Legal Studies, Northeastern Univer- leaderships and after schools activities to build character. sity, Graduated in 2002; Norwalk High School, Class of 1997 I am very concerned about the safety in our neighborhoods it’s not the same like it was 15 or 20 years ago. I feel Other political or community activities: Association of there should be more outreach with our police departLatino Professionals, Finance and Accounting;St. Jude's Chil- ment and this is important to me. Also, I want to address the poor maintenance. We have with our streets. they all dren's Research Hospital should be paved. Not just the main streets. List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. 1. Education - Giving our schools the tools they need Anna Duleep to help our children reach their full potential. 2. DevelopDemocrat ment - Building infrastructure for a better quality of life. 3. Public Safety - Being proactive and keeping our neighborJob title and employer: Director, Duleep Educational hoods safe. Coaching, LLC

Kathleen Tepper

Job title and employer: Medical Copywriter, Retired What sets you apart from other candidates? Having grown up during the blitz in London and as a teenager in the difficult postwar years, I came to know the value of working for a common goal, for the common good. In this, I would not be set apart from the dedicated Norwalk Common Council members, past or present who volunteer to commit their time energy and expertise to Norwalk because they care about this community. I would be a strong advocate for an economic strategy that demonstrates complete transparency and accountability from every municipal department. Understanding how, where, why and when our taxpayer money is being spent would provide all citizens the basic knowledge they must have in order to make better informed judgments in prioritizing our spending. Full disclosure of the municipality’s financial information online that is easily, understandable, accessible and user friendly will facilitate this goal. Our website should also be interactive. Citizens should be able to file information about problems or ideas online at the City website with just a couple of clicks of a mouse and be able to follow-up any action taken, know which department is responsible and track progress on line. Family: Married, 2 daughters, 1 son. Education: University of London- Bachelors in English and History; Westchester Community College- Associates in Science and Humanities Elected office experience: City Council, Gosport, UK 1957-1963; Council Housing Committee, UK 1958-1961; Secretary, Norwalk Democrats, District E

What sets you apart from other candidates? I bring a teacher’s creativity, caring, and pragmatism to this work. When facing defeat, I find another way around the problem. My small business specializes in standardized test preparation and test anxiety management plans. I’m committed to moving us beyond pitting our seniors against our schoolchildren each budget cycle. ose of us in the “sandwich generations” want solutions that help our Sharon Stewart entire Norwalk family thrive! As your Councilwoman in 2009, Democrat I fought against defunding the Director of Youth Services position, Environmental Compliance Officer, and other services Job title and employer: Resource whose absence costs us more in the long run. I lost. So I Specialist / NEON, INC. walked down the street to my alma mater, Silvermine School, and began volunteering as a math tutor. I also volunteer at What sets you apart from other SAVE, a gang-prevention program in South Norwalk. I am candidates? working with other members of LIST (a partnership including As a human services profesional, I Norwalk's and Wilton's Youth Services Departments and juwork closely with the community. I venile justice system representatives) to create ways to conhave listened to the voices of the peotinue serving youth despite severe budget cuts. Norwalk ple for many years and know their youth who most need intervention are making do with less problems and concerns first hand. positive adult contact, following decisions to split Norwalk’s eir struggles are important to me Juvenile Court caseload between Stamford and Bridgeport, and even tack Norwalk’s caseload onto Bridgeport DCF’s re- and I am known as someone who is active in helpng to find solutions. Once elected as an at Large Council, I will sponsibilities." represent the families of Norwalk and work hard to earn Family: I like to say it takes three women to fulfill the du- their respect and trust. ties of one Indian daughter: my eldest sister, Anuradha; my Education: Brien McMahon High School; Springfield middle sister, Arundathi (; and myself, the youngest, who has the flexible schedule necessary to become our disabled College, B.S. in Human Services; Springfield College, Mom's primary caregiver! I've been a proud stepmom for 15 Master of Social Work, School of Social Work years, even through divorce. My stepson, Darin, graduated Other political or community activities: S.N.E.W from Kaynor Tech in 2007; at 22, he has grown up to be a successful, happy plumber. My mom, Ganga, is an Advanced Ethics Committee Master Gardener with e Bartlett Arboretum or President of List your three top issues to address if you were to Friends of Ryan Park. My late father, Dr. K.S. Duleep, was one of the first recipients of the Scallon Award for Innovation in be elected. Job Development; End Homelessness; Affordable Housing Surgery at Norwalk Hospital, where I was born!

a presentation to the Health, Welfare, and Public Safety Committee in 2008. Whether or not one agrees with bringing e Guardian Angels to Norwalk is a policy discussion; disagreeing over the existence of crime in Norwalk is a failure to serve the public. We can support our police better by bridging the gap separating those who do not want to question how our Chief allocates scarce resources and the Mayor from those citizens who do not feel safe. I witnessed this disconnect myself when my dog, Scrappy, was shot twice in my backyard in 2008. Although the responding officers were quite skilled, the official NPD spokesperson cited “deer poaching” as a possible explanation. What hunter would choose to hunt after 10 p.m., on a Sunday, with a .22, right up the hill from Silvermine Elementary School? I'm grateful Stamford courts agreed with the responding officer’s instincts; they granted me a restraining order six months after Scrappy’s murder. Just because we don’t have a vote doesn’t mean we don’t have a say in the qualities we seek in our new Police Chief. Public input is especially helpful to determining what improvements might strengthen Norwalk's community policing efforts. Yes, the hiring decision rests entirely with the Police Commission, with leadership provided by the Mayor. However, by holding public hearings, I can facilitate a thoughtful, collaborative discussion of what Norwalkers would like to see in our new Police Chief. 3) Promote heritage tourism and other revenue-generating businesses in Norwalk through making Norwalk’s development process easier to navigate (for developers, investors, and concerned neighbors): I cast the only split vote on the Waypointe proposal to develop Norwalk's West Avenue corridor. Although I oppose allowing the City to issue $104,000,000 in general obligation bonds to help any developer, I was impressed by the number of people who spoke at public hearings in favor of Waypointe. Neighborhood association members highlighted ways in which Mr. Seligson’s team adapted their initial ideas through five years of meetings with various neighborhood groups. Five years! Imagine how much more viable these plans could have been if we’d had a clearer, more user-friendly process right from the beginning; if Norwalkers could advocate earlier for the unique character of their neighborhood to ensure the proposal fits the area. Once we stop trying to be a smaller Stamford and embrace the gems found in Norwalk, we can begin to re-brand Norwalk as a destination. We sit right on Route 7, on the antiques trail from Westchester County up through Litchfield County. We could do so much more to attract a group that already cares enough about New England history and charm to travel right past us to hamlets like Woodbury; if we can draw their attention with our historic charm, our small businesses will benefit from added foot traffic.

Education: I attended Phillips Exeter Academy, a boardOther political or community activities: Chair, ing school where I was awarded the 1993 Smith Book Award Democracy for America, Fairfield County; Various Energy for ""outstanding academic achievement and leadership. I Conservation Committes; Member National Organization earned a Classical Diploma in 1994. for Women and CT Planned Parenthood List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. Blight: Our City is a prime piece of real estate with many attractions and beautiful beaches. Because it is located close to major business areas, with easy access to interstate communication arteries, from roads to trains to waterways, it is a great location to both live and work. Unfortunately, neglected and distressed properties, unfinished developments, litter and overgrown vegetation on our roads and sidewalks continue to blight our neighborhoods, decrease the value of surrounding properties and fail to create the energetic, healthy atmosphere that will expand our tax base by encouraging businesses and families to settle here. Norwalk is one of the few cities in Connecticut that does not have an enforceable blight ordinance and we should start by enacting such an ordinance that would force commercial property owners to maintain their properties, pay their property taxes or suffer heavy fines or liens on their buildings. At the same time we must be sensitive to the needs of private citizens whose incomes or health preclude immediate remediation of outside painting and repair etc. and institute a program that will provide some assistance in order to maintain the integrity of the entire neighborhood. Job Creation: ere’s growing green building market in America right now worth a cool $71 billion and it’s on track to reach $145 billion in 2015. In the next couple of years ""green"" and sustainable energy jobs are expected to climb to over 900,000. With the right investment in educating local workers for this industry and promoting properties and incentives to convince green industry to locate here, Norwalk can be part of that job growth industry. State and Federal grants are available to help fund such enterprise and our City should pursue such funding with renewed vigor. Crime: Despite the slight reduction in general crime statistics in Norwalk the perception of widespread violent and gang crime continues to grow. In fact, incidence of murder and rape in the city have actually increased. With no jobs, less than optimal education and poverty it is hardly surprising that youth, both here and elsewhere, feel disenfranchised and we need to address crime prevention as well as punishment. Our police do an excellent job, but Norwalk needs a greater investment in bike patrols and community policing. Elected office experience: A.B. psychology, Harvard & Radcliffe Colleges; Master of Arts in Teaching, Sacred Heart University; Former Norwalk Councilwoman (appointed & served on the Norwalk Common Council Feb-Nov 2009) Other political or community activities: Governing Board, e Bridge Academy charter school (2007-8): Teaching Intern Rep; South Western Regional Planning Agency Board of Directors (2007-2011): Environmental Committee & Co-Chair, Housing Committee; Norwalk Community College School & Community Partnerships Advisory Committee Member; Friends of Ryan Park (Founding Member); Youth Services Advisory Board/Local Interagency Service Team Member; Volunteer math tutor, Silvermine Elementary School; Volunteer homework tutor, Serving All Vessels Equally (gang-prevention program); Norwalk ACTS (member through Duleep Educational Coaching, LLC); Norwalk Land Trust Advisory Board Member List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. 1) My top priority is finding ways to make better use of tax money Norwalkers have already paid: Our choice is not simply service cuts vs. raised taxes. Yes, sacrifice is necessary to get us through the next budget cycle. But cuts that squander long-range gains merely shift costs unnecessarily to those of my generation and younger. We have a tremendous opportunity to boost children’s learning outside school time, thus easing the burden on our schools. For example, our federal taxes already provide FWSP funds to hire college students to work as literacy tutors.Two years ago, the Mayor defunded the Director of Youth Services position. When I voted for the early retirement buyout package, it was meant to be a stop-gap measure. What little money the City could have saved shrinks every day we continue to pay a retiree an hourly wage to fill this crucial position! e Director implements multi-million dollar grants in early childhood education and gang prevention. She also supervises our Juvenile Review Board and other intervention programs that save us money in the long term. I will advocate for a rebuilt Youth Services Department under new leadership. With proper support, this Director can give donors what they seek: long-term, demonstrable results. 2) Facilitate discussion between the public, the police, the Mayor, and the Police Commission as they search for a successor upon the retirement of Chief Rilling: e disconnect between one Common Council member and citizens of South Norwalk was palpable when e Guardian Angels gave

Election 2011: Candidate Profiles
Fred Bondi

Victor Cavallo

Douglas E. Hempstead

Job title and employer: Retired Colgate -Palmolive Co. What sets you apart from other candidates? I have been an active and dedicated member of our community for over 40 years. I choose to raise my family in Norwalk because of its strength and diversity, as a community. I have served on the Common Council for 18 years where I have been an independent voice for the people. I am a member of many organizations in the city and I have been involved in youth sports for many years. As your councilmen I will listen to the people, I will provide leadership and show support of our schools and will continue to support repairs and upgrades. I will continue to support improvements to our parks and beach, and I will continue to support traffic calming and to improve our neighborhoods. I will support our Police to continue to keep crime low, and I will continue to support and maintain our infrastructure. We must keep Norwalk on the move. Family: Widowed, Wife deceased 10 years, two children Peter and Nancy, two grandchildren. Education: Graduated Stamford High School

Job title and employer: Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Victor J. Cavallo What sets you apart from other candidates? Two years ago, Norwalk voters chose, among others, council members who are now running for re-election like Doug Hempstead, John Tobin, Joanne Romano, and Fred Bondi- my republican colleagues who, as part of a republican majority, guided Norwalk through tough economic times. Norwalk voters were rewarded with a council of significant accomplishment. In the face of calls by the opposition for spending beyond our means and taxing beyond our tolerance, these four incumbent at-large representatives managed to hold the line on taxes and still increase the education budget by $5 million, appropriate $14 million for roads and bridges, fully fund all of what the police department requested, fund the initial phases of a new firehouse, improve and expand our parks and recreation areas, purchase more open space and wetlands, and help jump-start development projects that were held back by previous councils. And despite non-sensical opposition, they also recently approved a signature transit-oriented-development plan for South Norwalk that promises to transform that area into a more prominent destination for visitors, residents and businesses. e only difference between me and my colleagues is that I am running for election and not re-election but my philosophy, principles and goals when elected to serve on the common council with them will be the same: working together to keep Norwalk moving in the right direction while guiding the city through stormy economic times, and positioning the city for robust growth during the better times to come.

Job title and employer: Vice President Stew Leonards What sets you apart from other candidates? What sets me apart is my professionalism, devotion to family and dedication to volunteering. Also, my government experiences help with my decision making. With a lifetime spent in Norwalk, I raised my own family here and now my son is raising his family here – it helps bring into focus my commitment to ensure that the present and future of Norwalk is healthy and vibrant. e one ability I bring to the table that perhaps some of my opponents do not is my ability to work with all sides of the political spectrum. I like to take a holistic approach to decision making, rather than what might be the political expedient. I feel this is the combined result of my terms on the council, former small business owner, Vice President with one of the 100 best companies to work for. Serving on various community boards that service children, the disadvantaged, the environment and the business community round out my overall knowledge of what is going on in our community. is broad experience makes me understand the need for thoughtfulness and the impact my decisions have on the city and others. e bottom line is I am passionate about our city and fully committed to serving Norwalk. Family: Wife and soul mate of 41 years Donna Hempstead. Norwalk Elementary School Teacher; Proud parents of three sons and two daughter in laws; Son Jonathan and wife Jennifer Hempstead and our Grandson Aidan live in Norwalk; Son Matthew and wife Lauren Hempstead; Son Benjamin live in Norwalk; 2 Dogs and 2 Cats Education: Norwalk High School; A.A. Norwalk Community College; B.A. Business Administration, Sacred Heart University; M.B.A. Business Administration, Sacred Heart University Elected office experience: Common Council 1985 -1995; Common Council 2003-2011; Council President 3 Times; Chairman; Public Works Committee 1987-1995; Land Use 2007-2009; Planning Committee 2009-2011 Other political or community activities: Present Board of Directors: Child Guidance Center of Mid Fairfield; Norwalk Seaport Assoc.; Norwalk Economic Opportunities Now (N.E.O.N.); Lockwood Matthews Mansion Museum; Norwalk Chamber of Commerce; Former School Mentor. Former Commissioner of Zoning; Former Cub Scouts Asst Leader; Former Small Fry Asst Coach; Past Regional Diversity Committee List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. 1) Holding the line on our budget. Making sure our expenditures do not exceed the ability of our citizens to pay. e city’s budget must reflect what is going on in our community. Everyone is still struggling to meet their finical obligations. 2) Continue the increased investments that we have made over the last two years into our infrastructure, and school facilities. e last two years we have invested over $12 Million in roads, $5 million in drainage and flood control, 1.6 million in technology for our schools. Improving playgrounds. 3) Introducing various quality programs and venues for reducing the city’s cost of providing programs, services, benefits and health coverage. is must be a win-win scenario.

Other political or community activities: 18 years on the Council, past majority leader, minority leader and past Council President; Constable, City of Norwalk; 18 years on the Common Council; Past Council President; Past majority and minority leader; Ran for Mayor in1999; Chairman Land Use and Building Management; Former Chairman Recreation and Parks; Past President Norwalk Athletic Assoc. 11 years, Lifetime Board Member; State Commissioner Babe Ruth Baseball 36 years; Past President Lions Club, Past Trustee Norwalk Seaport Assoc.; Member Sons of Italy and Family: I've been married to my wife Lois Cea-Cavallo for St. Ann's Clubs, Member Norwalk Old Timers Assoc., Com- 16 years. Lois is president of Care Managing, LLC, a premier missioner NAA Girls Basketball League. elder care management firm that specializes in providing comprehensive elder care services tailored to seniors living List your three top issues to address if you were to be at home. We've lived in Norwalk since 1996, having moved elected: Keeping our taxes low, by increasing our tax base. here from Old Greenwich. Continue to support our Police and Fire Depts to keep our city safe. Support our school district to keep our young couEducation: I graduated from Brooklyn Tech High School ples with children in our city. in New York City, received my B.A. from George Washington University and my law degree from Quinnipiac Law School.

John Tobin

Elected office experience: I have not held elective office but I am very involved in serving the Norwalk community through volunteer work on boards and commissions. Other political or community activities: I've served on the Norwalk Planning Commission since 2008, I'm a member of the board of directors of the Southwestern (CT) Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA) since 2008 and previously served as board member of the Norwalk Parking Authority. I recently joined the board of directors of Keystone House, Norwalk's own not-for-profit organization that provides residential and other services for adults with psychiatric disabilities. List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. Advocate for fiscal restraint in tough economic times while providing the best educational system, police and fire service, and infrastructure investment we can afford; all while maintaining our AAA bond rating. Advocate for business development to bring more jobs to Norwalk, promote transit oriented development and accelerate the construction of the major development projects currently under way. Hold the line on taxes and innovate ways to bring taxrelief to our senior citizens

Job title and employer: President, Bishop Group Inc. What sets you apart from other candidates? My experience in city goverment from being on the Common Council as well as my tenure on the Zoning Commission make me well qualified to help lead Norwalk during these tough economic times. I believe the city now more than ever, needs leadership that does not need on the job training. Also, my ability to work well with members from all political party's has been a strong attribute. During my tenure on the Common Council I have worked with many members from both sides of the aisle and have been able to gain their respect. If we can't work together then it is more difficult to get things done. Family: Married to Karen Asprinio Tobin with son, Eddy, 7 years old Education: Central Catholic High School; Western Connecticut State University Elected office experience: Norwalk Common Council 2009 - Present; Norwalk Common Council 1987 - 2001 Other political or community activities: Board of Directors of e Historical East Norwalk Cemetery; Board of Directors of e Timothy Memorial School; Former Zoning Commission Member 2006 -2009 List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. Keeping our property taxes in check by implementing a fair and reasonable cap on the operating budget. Protecting Norwalk's "Triple A" bond rating. Maintaining the character of our neighborhoods through controlled development, protecting open space and using capital budget funds to improve our quality of life issues. We also need to implement an enforceable neighborhood improvement ordinance. Working closely with our Police Department by making sure they have the resources to adequately protect all of our neighborhoods and citizens.

Joanne T. Romano

Job title and employer: Legal Assistant, Law Office of Alice M. McQuaid Esq. What sets you apart from other candidates? I believe as an elected official you should be able work with both sides of the aisle to reach a common goal. We need to understand that we are not about "me" we are about working together, no one person can achieve the ultimate goal, it takes an entire council to ultimately do what is best for the city and the citizens who depend on us to secure their future. Never promise anything if you aren't positive you can deliver. Strive to do the best you can and don't be afraid to ask questions..it's all part of the package! Family: Daughter of the late Joseph A. Romano (Westport Police Officer) and the late Mary E. Hewitt Romano; Daughter Jessica, Son in-law Kevin; Two Grandsons: (C.J.) age 18 ( Paul) age 9; Sisters, Pat Miller, Suzanne Patafio and Jeanie Gurnari; Brothers, Joseph Romano Jr. and Sean Romano" Education: Staples High School; Other studies: Business management; Computer training/website management ; Early childhood development/child psychology ; Behavioral studies of alzheimers, the early stages Elected office experience: Norwalk Common Council, 2005-2007 and 2009-Present" Other political or community activities: Norwalk Human Relations Commission(1996-2002 ), Commisioner Vice Chair(2000-2002 ); Secretary East Norwalk Historical Cemetery Committee 2004-Present ; Norwalk Republican Town Committee District C Secretary 2004 - Present; CT Justice of the peace-2000 to present; Personnel Committee Common Council 2005-2007 an 2009-2001 (chairwomen); Ordinance Committee of the Common Council 2009-02011; Health, Welfare & Emergency Services Common Council 2005-2007 and 2009-2011; Joint Financial Committee of the BOE 2009-2011; Recreation & Parks Common Council 20052007; Neon Board of Directors Council Representative 20052007; Neon Executive Board of Directors 2005-2007; Coordinator: “Adopt a Platoon” sponsoring fundraising & supplies for our troops overseas: 2004-Present List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. Crime- work with our Elected Offiicials and Police to expand services and assure the safety and quality of life to Norwalk residents. Continue building and maintaining our infrastructure to bring about more businesses, jobs, and increase to our tax base. Continue to be fiscally conservative in order to maintain our AAA bonding and assuring we do not eliminate services that are important to our children, seniors, and all citizens without putting the burden soley on the backs of our taxpayers.

Election 2011: Candidate Profiles

CounCilMan DistriCt a (PiCk
David Watts
Democrat, Working Family


Matt Miklave

Job title and employer: Community Organizer What sets you apart from other candidates? I would like to be a neighbor that happens to be a member of the Common Council. Working together, to solve community problems like crime, fixing the roads or helping a small business open -here in town. Norwalk is a great city and together we can make it much better. Family: I am married to Kathleen and we have a son David Watts, Jr. (DJ) Education: I graduated from Southern Connecticut State University and Yale University Divinity School.

Job title and employer: Shareholder, Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C What sets you apart from other candidates? For over 25 years, I have been an advocate. I want to take those skills, that experience, to advocate for a better norwalk. I believe that I have the experience, the ability and the integrity to serve the public and to work to build a better community. I know that no one person can change our city alone — but I also know that a tireless advocate and a relentless focus on the issues can help change the trajectory of our city. Family: Married to Sandra, with three sons, one in college, two in Norwalk public schools

Other political or community activities: Education: Canton High School; American University, Former Human Relations and Zoning Commissioner; B.S. in Political Science (with distinction); University of Former Justice of the Peace Notre Dame Law School, J.D. (with honors) List your three top issues to address if you were to Elected office experience: Member, Norwalk Combe elected. mon Council, 2001 to 2007; chairman, Common Council 1. Public Safety Planning Committee, 2001 to 2007; president, Norwalk 2. Fixing our Roads Common Council, 2002-03; 3. Growing our Grand List- to keep taxes low Other political or community activities: Board member, Norwalk River Rowing Association (2008 Richard Bonenfant to present); Pro bono legal counsel, Glasswing InternaRepublican tional USA (2008 to present); Pro bono legal counsel, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, inc. (2000 to presJob title and employer: Photographer, Self Employed ent); Board member, United Way of Norwalk and Wilton, inc. (2001 to 2008, board secretary 2007-8); Member, NorWhat sets you apart from other candidates? My run- walk schools for the new millennium project (1999ning mate Karen Cosco and I haven't heard much about 2000); Recognized by law dragon and hr executive our opponent's views so I’m not sure magazine as being one of ""top 100: the nation's most what sets us apart. We all care about powerful employment lawyers"" (2010, 2011); Recogour community and have the desire nized as ""New York area's 'best lawyers' (labor and emto serve Norwalk. I’m proud of my ployment)"" (2008-2011)" record on the Common Council, and of my dedication to the task. As the List your three top issues to address if you were to Majority Leader I always treated the be elected. other side with courtesy and respect, Building better budgets and making government more and the result was that we all worked accessible and accountable; together in our committees and the Building a better community through re-examination people of Norwalk benefitted. We of economic development projects, focusing on the didn’t waste time fighting with one ""right"" development at the ""right cost"" and developanother but instead rolled up our sleeves and took care ment that creates jobs for the 21st century of business. Even though I attended nearly all the Council Building better schools by supporting public educaand committee meetings to stay on top of the issues, I tion, working to close the digital divide and promoting also went out into the community to be at many events stem (science, technology, engineering and math) literand talked with lots of people to share ideas and view- acy" points. Being a photographer gave me the unique advantage to be a better Councilman through visiting and helping numerous civic clubs, athletic organizations, Karen Cosco school activities and senior centers. City department Republican heads have asked me to serve on various study committees because they know that I try to bring a positive conJob title and employer: Owner, Doggie Doo Everytribution to the table. thing Family: Married to Maureen Bonenfant, teacher in What sets you apart from other candidates? NorFairfield Public Schools; ree children: Keith (27), Kelly walk has been my home for 25+ years. I have a successful (25) and Emily (23); all graduated from Norwalk High small business based in town. I have so much love and School respect for Norwalk and want play a role in the continued growth and viEducation: Norwalk Central Catholic High School; tality of our city. With my business Saint Leo University, Florida; BA Sociology; Several other experience, I believe I can handle the Continuing Education non-credit courses in photograposition and responsibilites that phy and computer graphics. being on the Council entails. Elected office experience: Current member Norwalk Common Council, District A, 2007-2011; Majority Leader 2010, current Chairman Health, Welfare and Public Safety; Common Council District A, 1995-2001; Justice of the Peace Education: St. Luke's School graduate. B.A. in International Relations from Wheaton College, Norton, MA

Elected office experience: None Other political or community activities: Norwalk Exchange Club; Sons of the American Legion; Knights of Other political or community activities: Big Sister for Columbus Also help Norwalk High Marching Bears, Nor- Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southern Connecticut; Adopwalk Seaport Association, Norwalk Economic Opportu- tion Counselor for P.A.W.S. nity Now, American Legion and Babe Ruth baseball, Norwalk Athletic Association and GBA girls basketball, List your three top issues to address if you were to Norwalk High baseball and Norwalk High/Brien McMa- be elected. hon hockey team. 1. Keeping taxes down. 2. Business development. List your three top issues to address if you were to 3. Neighborhood safety. be elected. Keeping Taxes as low as possible without sacrificing city services. Support the Police and Fire Departments to ensure our public safety. Balance the growth of our tax base with the challenges in dealing with more traffic and increased population.

Election 2011: Candidate Profiles

CoMMon CounCil DistriCt B
Carvin Hilliard
Democrat, Working Family

Michael K. Geake

Job title and employer: Retired What sets you apart from other candidates? My political experience have enabled me to distinguish between partisan politics and the real needs of the city and South Norwark. I understand that in a city as diverse as norwalk that leaders as a last resort must compromise for the greater good.

Job title and employer: Software Developer, Innovation Data Processing, Little Falls, NJ Family: Spouse: Mary A. Geake (Second Taxing District Commissioner, running for re-election); Daughters: Amber Walton (32), Stoneville, NC; Kristen Geake (30), Poughkeepsie, NY; Sons: James Sprenkle (35), Norwalk, Ryan Sprenkle (33), Lemoore, CA, Douglas Sprenkle (30), Norwalk, CT

Family: I have one son,Carvin Education: Montpelier High who lives in South Carolina. My sisSchool, Montpelier, VT; University of ter Jeannette Odoms and brother Rhode Island, Kingston, RI - B.S. BusiNathanial Hilliard lives in South Carness Administration with a concentraolina also. I have a number of tion in Insurance; Virginia Commonwealth University, cousins that lives here also. Richmond, VA - MBA with a concentration in Information Education: Roberts High School, Holly Hill South Car- Technology olina; Nielsen Electronic Institute; Orangeburg Calhoun Tecnical Institute Elected office experience: Norwalk Common Council at-large, 2007-2009; Second Taxing District Commissioner, Elected office experience: Elloree Board of Educa- 2004-2007 tion 4yrs; Norwalk Common Council 9 years; List your three top issues to address if you were to be Other political or community activities: Neon Board elected. Crime and Public Safety: It is absolutely unconof Directors; Deacon Mount Zion Baptist Church scionable that the current administration is unconcerned that there are neighborhoods in Norwalk where people are List your three top issues to address if you were to afraid in their own homes. As the chairman of the Common be elected. Council's Health, Welfare, and Public Safety Committee, I 1. Jobs saw first-hand the dedication of our police force, but I also 2. Crime saw that they were severely understaffed (below, even, their 3.Infastruture authorized headcount) and in some respects lacked resources. First, we need an administration -- Mayor and Common Council -- that takes the safety of the people of Norwalk seriously. en, we must bring our police staffing up to its authorized level, or beyond, so that closing time in Sono doesn't leave the rest of the city unprotected. Finally, we need to more properly schedule so we no long have overtired officers who have worked multiple overtime shifts, and we have the resources we need, like specialized police dogs and their handlers, when we need them. Common Sense Budgeting: My political philosophy, simply stated, is that government should balance its books, should only do those things that the people cannot realistically do for themselves, and should, for the most part, stay out of people's private lives. at doesn’t necessarily mean that government should always look to lower taxes or cut services, just that it should use common sense when spending the people’s money. For too many years, under both Democratic and Republican mayors, money has been “saved” by “deferring” needed maintenance and upgrades. e result is that we have an infrastructure that is an absolute mess: streets that are rough and potholed, a sewer system that floods numerous houses every time it rains, schools and government buildings that are deteriorating, and equipment that just doesn’t work. As the old motor oil commercial said, “you can pay me now, or you can pay me later” For my cars, . I know I have to change the oil, tune the engine, and rotate the tires; otherwise I have to pay far more in repairs later on. is is the “common sense” philosophy I’m after for our city’s government — nothing less. e answer to these years of neglect is not simple, and it will not be cheap. But it must be done, and it must be budgeted for in a way that does not bankrupt taxpayers, especially in this economy. Common Sense Developement: ere are stalled redevelopment projects all around Norwalk, in the heart of one of the most expensive markets in the country. If these are ever actually completed, they will severely strain our already overburdened infrastructure. I believe that this development should be paced so that needed upgrades to sewers, water, power, transportation, and parking, can be made before new units are allowed to be occupied, and I believe that developers, not the taxpayers, should shoulder the costs of all upgrades. I oppose the indiscriminate use of government give-aways to private developers. Any benefit received should be in exchange for clear and enforceable concessions, such as affordable housing units. I also oppose the continued use of eminent domain to seize occupied homes and open small businesses for the benefit of these private developers in the name of “economic development” Only vacant prop. erties should be considered for such takings, not those that are occupied and in active use."

Election 2011: Candidate Profiles

CoMMon CounCil DistriCt C (PiCk
Amanda M. Brown

any two)

Taber Hamilton
Democrat, Working Family

Job title and employer: Legal Assistant, Finance Company What sets you apart from other candidates? I firmly believe that its time for local government to pursue excellence like other companies do in the marketplace. Norwalk taxpayers and residents are owed more than the mediocre services (underfunded public education, pot-hole ridden streets and increased public safety issues) they’ve received in return for their substantial investments into our City’s coffers. I understand how the City’s political environment operates and will use this knowledge to solve problems and address concerns. Having work experience in both the public and private sector, I know the value of collaboration, assessing and fixing deficiencies in a timely manner and the importance of striving for success everyday, all day. I am a compassionate civil servant who knows that in order to make a positive difference in the community you need to work hard, have good communication skills and be accessible to the public. is Office demands diligent care and attention and I will do my best to perform these duties and make our City a better place during my years of service. Family: Single Parent of two teenage children. Education: Brien McMahon High School; Sacred Heart University, B.S.

Job title and employer: Paint dept. Mgr. Feinsod Hdw What sets you apart from other candidates? I am a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.ey seekto build community,by working with low-income families to improve lives by rebuilding neighbor hoods with community volunteers and donors. Family: I have two childern that graduated from Norwalk High, and two grandchildern. ey are boys the childern of my son matthew and live in Colo. Education: High school: e Hopkins School New haven ct., B.A. degree from the university of the South. A Master from the University of Bridgeport. Elected office experience: Selectman twice Other political or community activities: Vestry at Grace Espiscopal church; Fair Rent Commisson; Library Commisson List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected: Affordable housing; Education; traffic in East Norwalk; community policing

Nicholas D. Kydes

Elected office experience: Former Common CounJob title and employer: Vice President, IT Sourcing, cilwoman 2007-2009; Justice of the Peace Royal Bank of Scotland Other political or community activities: NAACP Member Norwalk Chapter; Macedonia AIDS Ministry Volunteer; Notary Public List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. Education; Crime; Economic Development What sets you apart from other candidates? What sets me apart from the rest of the candidates is my philosophy and view of myself as an elected official. My philosophy is; in order for one to lead, one must learn how to serve. I see myself as the servant of my District C Constituents. I’m very passionate about doing what is right for those that I serve and I never lose sight of the fact that I’m elected to serve my Constituent’s interests and not mine. In this way, I don’t view myself as a politician, but rather as one who seeks to do what is right and represents the best interests of the people I sever. Family: I’ve been married for 26 years to my wife Carol, the most beautiful person, wife and mother in the world. God blessed us with two beautiful angels; Olympia, who is 23 years old and a graduate from Fordham University where she majored in International Economics and Political Science. Olympia has been inducted into the International Honor Society of Economics and is currently working for e Royal Bank of Scotland in Stamford, CT. Our son Alexander, is 13 years old and in 8th grade at St. Aloysius School in New Canaan, CT.

Michelle A. Maggio

Job title and employer: Owner, Mike's Deli What sets you apart from other candidates? Unlike any of the other candidates running in District C, I do not have a long list of credentials. I don't have an extensive background in politics. I do, however, have a couple of things that make me a good candidate. I have been a lifelong East Norwalk resident. I own a business here, and I am a parent. ese three "qualities" show that I have interest in East Norwalk. I want the same things you want. Good schools. Safe environment. Affordable taxes. Clean parks. Paved streets. I think that I would be a perfect voice for my Neighbors, as we work together to make Norwalk an even better place to live.

Education: Norwalk High School; Boston College, B.S. in Corporate Finance; Bridgeport University with an Family: I am the daughter of Mike and Peggy Magee. M.B.A. in Corporate Finance. I am married to Jonathan Maggio, a Captain on the NorElected office experience: Currently, I’m running for walk Fire Department. I have four children. Billy, a Sophomore at Roger Williams University. Kaitlyn, a first grader my fourth term on the Common Council for District C. at Colombus Magnet. Chase (4) and Reid (2). Other political or community activities: Norwalk Colt League, Baseball Coach (1977 to 1979); Volunteer Norwalk Education: Norwalk High School 1988; Katherine Seaport Association (1978 to present); Norwalk Athletic Gibbs Association, Football Coach (1978 and 1979); Norwalk Other political or community activities: Member of Jaycees, President (1978 to 1984); Norwalk Exchange Club; the RTC; Columbus Magnet PTA; Early Childhood Edu- Commissioner, Norwalk Planning Commission (1994 to 2005); Norwalk Republican Town Committee, Vice Chaircation Cabinet man, District C (1990 to present); Cranbury Community List your three top issues to address if you were to Athletic Association, Baseball Coach (2003 to 2009); be elected: Increase the tax base by bringing new com- Elected to Common Council, District C (2005 to present) panies to Norwalk; Helping small business by underList your three top issues to address if you were to be standing their needs in tough economic times; Work to elected. As Chairman of the Finance Committee, keeping with programs that engage kids to keep them from crime tight controls on spending in order to keep our taxes as low related activities, focused on fun and learning. as possible; Ensuring that our Public Education system is properly funded at the class room level; ere is no compromise for Public Safety; I will continue to work in making sure that we live in a safe town with a very high level of quality of life.

Election 2011: Candidate Profiles

CoMMon CounCil DistriCt D (PiCk any two)
Bruce Kimmel

Lynne Moore

Job title and employer: Educator; Norwalk Public Job Title, Employer: Reading Teacher, New York City Schools Department of Education What sets you apart from other candidates? Having been a member of the finance committees of the Common Council and the Board of Education, as well as the City’s Audit Committee, I am familiar with most aspects of the city’s operating and capital budgets. I strongly believe we can craft budgets that not only address the needs of the city, but also hold the line on taxes. I have always been willing to debate tough issues, take independent positions, compromise when necessary, and put the interests of the city above short-term partisan concerns. Should I be elected, I promise to work hard, respect opposing views, and always vote for what I believe is in Norwalk’s best interest. I will continue to respond to all constituent requests and concerns in a timely manner. I will do everything possible to end the partisan rancor that has afflicted Norwalk politics for too many years. What sets you apart from other candidates? I have lived in Norwalk 14 years as a homeowner. I am dedicated, disciplined, and determined to better the quality of life for all Norwalkers. I am a proven leader. I am no stranger to the politics of Norwalk. When I am not at West Rocks, I am involved in the financial component of our community. I attend meetings of the PTO Council, the Board of Estimate and Taxation, the city's Finance Committee, the school district's Finance Committee; I speak at public hearings. I have an understanding of the process utilized in the development of the city's budget and will work to be fiscally prudent and yet responsive to Norwalk's needs. Family: My spouse is deceased. We did not have children. My mother died in October, 2011 and my father died in 1990. My siblings are my family; and, of course, the 700 students at West Rocks Middle School.

Family: Married since 1984 to Kay Anderson. We have Education: I earned two degrees from Northern Illia son, Andy, who graduated from Norwalk High School nois University, a bachelor's and master's in education. I in 2003. earned a doctorate in educational administration from Education: Ph.D. from Columbia University, 1981, in the University of Missouri. Political Sociology. Dissertation, published in 1982, foElected office experience: I have the best of two cused on political movements among farmers in the latter part of the 19th Century. Masters Degree from City worlds. I work with students and families every day.I run University, 1991, specializing in literacy development. a mini-corporation, West Rocks Middle School. I have a Certified by New York State as a literacy specialist since proven track record of operating a safe school with high 1991. BA from Rutgers University (New Brunswick cam- achievement. West Rocks Middle School is no longer on the Needs Improvement List based upon the dedication pus), 1971, majored in Sociology and Art History. of the staff and administrative leadership. As a common Elected Offices Held: Member of the Norwalk Com- council member, I will be able to take the management mon Council, Nov. 1997 to Aug. 2005. Council President, and leadership skills I utilize every day with parents, stu2003-04. Chair of the Finance Committee, 2001-2005. dents, staff and apply those skills at the city level. Member of Norwalk Board of Education, Aug. 2005-Feb. Other political or community activities: I have been 2009. endorsed by ASFME Council 4, the Connecticut Working List your three top issues to address if you were to Families Party, and the Democratic Party. I was named be elected. e number of gun-related incidents in the the 2008 Woman of the Year, by the Carver Center; I recity must be reduced. We need to make sure the police ceived the Community Recognition Award, 2006, by the department has the resources necessary to achieve this Courage to Speak Foundation. I received a Service Award goal. e Council needs to collaborate with the BOE to and Citizen of the Year Award by the Dr. Martin Luther remove gangs from our schools and streets. We need to King, Jr. Committee, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity redevelop a constructive, non-adversarial relationship be- spectively. tween the Board of Education and other city agencies, List your three top issues to address if you were to particularly the Common Council and the Board of Estimate and Taxation. e Council’s Education Committee be elected. Education--Every student must be chalshould begin working to build this relationship soon after lenged to meet and surpass learning expectations. the November election. We must provide our schools the Schools must be safe. Our children must have the facilifunds necessary to ensure every child is properly edu- ties, staff, and curriculum to be able to compete in our cated. Our major redevelopment projects have been technological world.; Crime Prevention and Violence-stalled in both strong and weak economic times. We need e citizens of Norwalk have, through their tax dollars, to adopt new permitting/approval procedures that will invested in the education of students, We lose some of move these projects along at a much faster pace than in our students on the streets to violence. It appears that the past. We need to look at how other cities handle these Norwalk has no plan to address youth violence; what we hear is that persons should come forward with informatypes of projects. tion. It takes more than that to respond to youth violence. Our residents are exposed to senseless shootings while Bryan Meek they dine out or are walking in their neighborhoods. NorRepublican walk needs a plan to respond to crime and violence.; Fix Job title and employer: Software Engineer - Oracle our Infrastructure--ere are too many empty store fronts. Norwalk needs more jobs and businesses. Corporation What sets you apart from other candidates? Working for corporate Finance and IT departments the last 16 years, I have seen first hand the steady off-shoring of our high paying jobs. Some think this is purely out of greed, but realistically it is more due to the fact that there are not enough qualified graduates here combined with an economic landscape that is littered with inefficient government regulations. Our children must have a stronger foundation in math, computers, and science to be successful in the future. Norwalk must accelerate its economic development to provide the jobs our children will need. While the Common Council is only charged with setting the cap for the education budget, I can tell you that I will not stand for the status quo. Poorly run companies spend up to 20% of their costs on overheads. Our school system spends 40%. Last year despite getting a $5 million increase in their budget our students and teachers were still threatened with cuts. We know a lot of this nonsense is mandated out of Hartford and Washington, but Norwalk needs to raise its own bar and I’m here to help do that. is is where we make our stand. ank you for considering my candidacy. Family: Wife Mary. Daughter Rachel.

Jerry E. Petrini

Job title and employer: President, My ree Sons Fun Center What sets you apart from other candidates? I am a businessman. As the owner of My ree Sons, I know what it takes to manage a successful enterprise. Running a city should be no different. Keep your expenses low "taxes", spend within your means by getting the biggest results for your buck by eliminating waste. Expect to pay a good wage for a good day's work. You must plan for the future by reinvesting in your infrastructure. Most importantly, listen and respond in a timely manner to your customers "the people of Norwalk." ey are the reason you are where you are today. Family: Parents - Fred & Catherine Petrini; Brother - Fred Petrini; Wife - Gigi Petrini; Daughter- Cathy; Sons - Jason, Matthew, Jerry Education: Norwalk High School; Bullard Haven Technical School

Elected office experience: None Education: Norwalk High School; Central Connecticut State University, BA - Mathematics; UConn, MBA Other political or community activities: Norwalk Technology; UConn, MSA - Accounting; Elected office Marching Bears Inc. - President - 2007-2009; Norwalk experience: None. Marching Bears Inc. - Chaperone - 2006-2009; Oyster Festival Other political or community activities: Board Volunteer; Boat Show Volunteer List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected: I will hold the line on any proposed tax increases. List your three top issues to address if you were to During these tough economic times, even a 1% tax increase be elected. Modernizing Government; Economic Devel- is felt in the pocketbooks of all Norwalk taxpayers. Every family has had to budget more carefully and our municipal govopment; Public Health and Safety ernment should be no different.; Continue to attract new developments. One of the ways to pay for any increase in our city's expenditures is to expand our grand list. How many of you have ever said "Why doesn't Norwalk have this restaurant chain or retail store?" If you build what the people need and want, they will come, even in the downtown area; My ree Sons on Wall Street is a perfect example.; ere is nothing more precious than our children. We must all work together to ensure that our education system has all the resources that it needs to train our children for the future. rowing money at a problem is not a solution. As in business, every expenditure should achieve maximum results. member Norwalk Parking Authority; VITA certified volunteer income tax preparer

Election 2011: Candidate Profiles

CoMMon CounCil DistriCt e (PiCk
Nora King

any two)
Dave McCarthy

John Igneri

Job title and employer: Business Owner Nora King and Co. LLC What sets you apart from other candidates? I am an innovator. We need to look at new growth opportunities and stop relying on old models. Did politicians really think the conveyance taxes were really going to sustain our revenue base? is type of revenue models were bubbles. I think we have to make tough choices and determine what programs work, what new jobs are needed for future growth of our city, and how we can encourage young families to stay in our city and help it grow. is takes fresh ideas and a passion to want to change the status quo. I am a successful business owner and have over 20 years of business experience. Business experience is what is needed on the Common Council for the city of Norwalk. I am also a mother and understand the importance of ensuring that the city needs to do a good job of providing a place where young people can grow up and thrive. We all know that crime is a big problem for the City of Norwalk - new ideas can help with reducing crime. Fresh leadership would be a great place to start.

Job title and employer: Retired

Job title and employer: IBM Capital Markets Business Development Executive

Family: I am married to Mark Pinzon; he is a great dad, husband, and friend. He works full time for a private investment company and as he would say is an “IT geek.” He currently donates his time to the Rowayton Fire Department and prior to this he was in the National Guard. Our son, Jackson, will soon be four; he is full of life and character. I am amazed at his perspective of the world. e best role in my entire life has been my role as a mother. I have learned a lot in my four years as a mother: patience, priorities and you really don't need as much sleep as you thought you did. I was raised by a single mom and I have one sister who is married with two children: both my mother and sister live in Florida. My mother raised my sister and me to believe that education is everything. We both worked two Job title and employer: Owner, Conroy Hewitt and jobs, sometimes three, in order to graduate from college. Assoc. LLC I went on for a master's degree because of my mom's encouragement. Mark, Jackson, and I have two dogs - MacWhat sets you apart from other intosh and Summer. candidates? Only two of the fifteen member Common Council repreEducation: MBA in Strategic Planning. I am currently sent a given District. I will continue going back to school to receive my MAI designation from to put District E neighborhoods first; the Appraisal Institute for commercial appraising. Brookside, Harbor Shores, Harbor View, Rowayton, Village Creek and Elected office experience: During my two years on West Norwalk. I’ll bring the same inCommon Council I have established a solid record of tegrity, dedication and problem solvfighting for: Diversifying the tax base to provide relief to ing ability that I’ve demonstrated to the residential property owner; Requiring accountability date. in the Public Works Department; Advocating the streamlining of the planning & zoning process to improve NorFamily: Wife, Stella works at G.E. Amy, our youngest walk's competiveness; Championing the education daughter, attended Norwalk schools K through12; curneeds of our children. rently in Brooklyn Law School, eldest daughter Kimberly Other political or community activities: I am a sup- resides in California with her family. porter of Kayak for A Cause, Save the Sound and the NorEducation: Pleasant Hill HS, Pleasant Hill, CA; BA ‘75, walk Land Trust. Economics, BA '75 Management, C.S.U., Fullerton; MBA List your three top issues to address if you were to ‘76, C.S.U., Fullerton be elected. Taxes - We are the sixth most populous city Elected office experience: Member Common Counin the state with a population of approximately 85,000 citcil, 5 terms Nov.'95 to ’01, 'Nov.'07 to present. Council izens yet most of our city’s income is generated from property tax dollars on the homeowner. Our 2008 reval- President '00-'01, several terms Chairman Finance uation only demonstrated this. e revaluation was and/or Public Works Committees; also served on Planpoorly managed in October 2008 and the current leader- ning, Land Use, Personnel, Ordinance. Treasurer Sixth ship lacks the strategic vision and business acumen to fi- Taxing District Nov'05 to Jul'10. nancially develop Norwalk. e 2013 revaluation will be Present: Trustee, Maritime Center and Aquarium. soon starting and we need to ensure that the tax base is diversified. One way of doing this is to streamline the Past: Area 9 Cable Council, Rowayton Library Board, planning process for business and encourage small busi- NEON Board, Norwalk Senior Center Board, Rowayton nesses to want to operate in Norwalk. Businesses bring School PTA Carnival Chairman for several years; member growth, diversity and opportunity. Greater transparency of several School Building Committees. and accountability- We need to ensure that our Public List your three top issues to address if you were to Works department has accountability for the large be elected. 1. Keeping property taxes in check in large amount of funding they receive from the tax payers. Objectives need to be set by the taxpayers, roads need to be part by maintaining the “AAA” financial rating of the City. paved and plowed, and taxpayers should have clear out- In difficult economic times this rating saves Norwalk tax lined processes for how things get done by this depart- payers millions in borrowing costs. 2. Advocating for rement. We need an online customer service application sponsible, sustainable development and continuing to for taxpayers to know where their issues or complaints speed up City reviews of development while protecting are in the process. Another example of creating account- neighborhoods. 3. Making our City more livable by conability would be to create a vision for Norwalk. For exam- tinuing recently accelerated bridge, highway and road reple, if we want 60% residential 40% commercial what pairs, and making “walkable, bikeable, driveable percentage of that commercial being retail, office etc. We integration strategies the norm. Not only is public safety have no strategy. How much open space do we want? threatened by the bridges, roads and walkways in need Open space is critical for future generations. We need of repair, our general quality of life and the image of City to help the builders by providing a streamlined process is negatively impacted. but it should be within the guidelines of what Norwalk needs. Many of our zoning laws are dated; we need to review and update these laws to attract new businesses and to retain current ones. We need to hold the Mayor accountable for the increase in violent crime. Innovation is the key. What new ideas has he brought to the table to reduce crime? It’s not enough to say when the economy gets worse crime goes up. We all know that. Let's start doing something about that. Neighborhood watches, community police, hotlines with rewards - there are many innovative ways to do this but one has to be open to it. Education - Norwalk must become a leader of education in Fairfield County. Education is the key for future generations. e Mayor and the current Common Council do not work closely together to ensure that the educational needs of our children are being met. e Mayor has lost sight and has not clearly defined the importance of education and what the vision/needs of the schools will be in 5, 7, or 10 years. e Republican led Council in the past two years was supposed to set up an ad hoc group to address the lack of communication between the Council and Mayor's office.

What sets you apart from other candidates? As an elected official, What sets you apart from Commissioner, 6th Taxing District, other candidates? I bring a and a successful person in business, unique blend of patience and I bring experience and knowledge to problem solving to the council. I the Common Council. is experitruly wish to hear all sides of a disence will be used to help energize cussion and make decisions based economic development and wisely on facts and data to continue the spend our tax dollars. As a parent of city moving in the right direction. children who attended Rowayton ElI am open minded and fair. I love ementary School, Roton and Brian Norwalk and think our neighborMcMahon, I am fully committed to hoods should be cherished and resupporting our public schools. I know a great school sysspected, while maintaining a tem will help our children in so many ways so they will healthy respect for change. I have published many contribute to Norwalk's growth and greatness in the fu- positive ideas for Norwalk on The Hour Op-Ed page ture. and I feel they have been well received and are worthy of further exploration and potential implementation. Family: Married to Christine L Tierney, and we have I understand the broader picture, having worked with 4 children. our legislative caucus and the nearby towns’ and city’s representatives to SWRPA. I have seen the good and Education: Hofstra University, MBA in Finance; St the bad examples of neighboring communities and John's University, BA in Economics can bring that perspective to the council. I work hard on all of the things I do and I get along with the people Elected office experience: Commissioner in the 6th who love to work on Norwalk, regardless of political Taxing District. affiliation. I dislike only dishonesty and those that seek to profit from public office. I respect dissenting Other political or community activities: Rowayton opinions when they come from a reasoned perspecVolunteer Fire Department; Director of Hill Top Homes tive. Voting for Dave McCarthy is voting for represen(HUD Housing for Seniors); Farm Creek Committee of tation and hard work. Norwalk Land Trust ( Open Space Preserve); Carver Connections Committee; Director Rowayton Yacht Club Family: My wife, Pam, and I live with our 13-yearold daughter, Allison, and our 2-year-old Irish Jack List your three top issues to address if you were to Russell, Fiona. be elected. Renew Norwalk's Economic Development; Improve our School System; Spending our tax dollars efEducation: I graduated from Morris Hills High ficiently School in Rockaway, NJ in 1984. I attended the University of Pennsylvania on a Navy ROTC Scholarship, graduating with a BA, I attended various schools in Andrew Conroy my 8 years in the Navy. After the Navy, I received my Republican MBA with High Honors from Georgetown University. Elected office experience: None Other political or community activities: Norwalk Zoning Commissioner; Norwalk Mentoring Program and Junior Achievement Instructor, Brookside School; Board Member and Treasurer, Norwalk Senior Center; St Matthew's Parish, Knights of Columbus Board Member, Southwestern Regional Planning Agency; Board Member and Operations Chair, Roton Point Club; The American Legion, Frank C. Godfrey Post 12. List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. 1. Control spending to hold down expenses while providing necessary services and keeping taxes firmly in check. 2. Maintain and improve the quality of life in Norwalk by investing in the necessary improvements to make our police, fire, parks and school systems the best they can be. 3. Continue advocating for sustainable, transit oriented development as a key to economic development and a way to provide life long attainable housing opportunities for the citizens of Norwalk.

Election 2011: Candidate Profiles B o a r D o f e D u C at i o n D i s t r i C t a ( o n e )
Rosa M.Murray
Democrat, Working Families

Matthew Surapine

Job title and employer: Human Resources Manager, Job title and employer: Professional Tenor and Voice Pitney Bowes Mgmt. Teacher What sets you apart from other candidates? As a Board of Education member and Human Resources professional, I understand the importance of focusing on academic achievement based on state standards. Develop and implementing a district plan to narrow the achievement gap. A bipartisan budget reconciliation that continues to support our instructional programs and teachers. By Connecticut State Statue, Board of Education members develop policy. e Superintendent or designee implement policy and provide appropriate updates to the Board and community. When coming into a Board position, it must be emphasized that decisions are made by providing collective input. I am a experienced leader, able to build consensus among diverse opinions. Family: Two daughters graduates NHS; and guardian/involved with grandchildren currently in Norwalk Public Schools. Education: Evander High School, Bronx, New York; Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT-AS; University of Connecticut, Stamford, CT-BS What sets you apart from other candidates? Coming from the world of music and arts, we have the tendency to look at things in a different perspective. ere are many ways to achieve results. Good is never good enough is a mantra that has been drilled into me since my youth. I will bring that same intensity and passion this position, if lucky enough to serve. Ensemble (teamwork) is the most important ingredient that an individual can bring to any table. I strongly believe in that. Family: Born and brought up in Enfield CT, 3rd child of 5 from Carol and Raymond Surapine. Taught at a young age that life is a never ending search for education. Met Elizabeth Merced in Hartford CT while I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds as a Stock Broker. Was lucky enough to have her accept me as her husband. Moved to NYC to study voice while she stayed in West Hartford and then set up house in Stamford. Moved to Norwalk CT on Jan 1 2000..wanted to open the new millenium in new house. Proud father of 3 daughters, Isabel, Gisella, and Irene, who all are being greatly served by our schools here in Norwalk. Have been lucky enough to pursue my career nationally, while still being able to be at home for my children.

Elected office experience: Member of Norwalk Board of Education; NPS Work Study Group-High School ReEducation: I graduated from Enfield High School in form; NHS Parent ,Outreach/Co-Chairperson; NPS, Chairperson-MLK City-Wide Celebration; Former: Board 1983. Attended Hartt School of Music, and then pursued of Education-Chairperson and served on Executive Com- private studies with teachers. mittee; NPS District Improvement Plan-PCP Elected office experience: None. I have never held (Parent/Community Partnership). Bd of Education Negotiation Committee, Chairperson; Joint Services Com- political office. I am a new voice in this arena. mittee member (BOE/Common Council/BET) Other political or community activities: Co Founder Other political or community activities: PTOC-Ex- of Grace Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity ecutive Committee; Past President-Parents for Norwalk which produces fund raising concerts to benefit families High School;Co-founder/Advisor Parent Outreach; NHS facing financial hardship due to illness; Music Director Band Parent; CABE-State of CT, Board of Directors; Board at St. Ladislaus Roman Catholic Church, in South Norof Trustee-State of CT Community Colleges; NAACP, Ex- walk CT. Have produced fund raising concerts to benefit various churches in Norwalk as well as Westchester ecutive Directors; Grace Baptist Church/C.E. Advisor County. List your three top issues to address if you were to List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. 1)Increase instructional opportunities for all students. 2)Improve fiscal management/budget process. be elected. 1. Improvement in financial management, so 3)Focus on parental/community/corporate partnership. that our budget, which comes from the taxpayers, is hanWe must provide an equal education to all students com- dled in a responsible and successful manner to benefit ing from diverse backgrounds and various academic Norwalk's most treasured resource, our children. 2. needs. With challenges, there are opportunities through Adopt a specific and content-rich core curriculum, so the dedicated work of the District to improve the achieve- that we will be prepared when the Common Core Curriculum comes to us in 2014. Our students, who are comment of students in all sub-groups. peting with our wealthier neighbor towns, will continue this momentum. 3.Review school reform models that have proven successful in other urban school systems around the country( ie. in closing the gap of minority achievement). Adopt those models and adapt them to our individual schools by creating School Councils, made up of parents, teachers and principals, creating a triumvirate for success. "

Election 2011: Candidate Profiles



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Editor’s Note: e lone candidate in District B for the Board of Education did not submit a bio for this publication.

Election 2011: Candidate Profiles B o a r D o f e D u C at i o n D i s t r i C t C ( o n e )
Kevin M. Poruban

Michael W. Lyons

Job title and employer: Electronic Network TechniJob title and employer: Associate General Counsel, cian - AT&T Covidien What sets you apart from other candidates? I come as a candidate who supports Education. I was actively involved as a parent, a PTO member, Co-President and an officer on the PTO Council (prior to my election to Common Council). I have no "party" agenda and will do my best to make our school system better. While on the Council, I voted for long overdue renovations, better quality computers and new books. As a taxpayer and middle class worker, I'm mindful of just how expensive things are these days and am always looking for ways to cut costs. I WILL be mindful of the Education budget as well and will look to find savings in areas other than the classroom or team locker room. I WON'T engage in party politics and hostility. I'll support the things that make our school system better because great schools make a great city. Family: Wife - Debra Poruban; sons - Kevin and Justin Education: Fairfield Prep. Went to work for SNET (now AT&T) after school. Attended Norwalk State Technical School on GI Bill for Architectural Engineering and Pace for Telecommunications Elected office experience: 5 1/2 years on Common Council representing District C. Chaiman of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Committee & Public Works Committee. Council rep for Mayors IT Committee List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. To put an end to the "Us versus em" mentality toward Norwalk’s BoE. You either love Norwalk's school system or you hate it. People fail to realize that having a quality school system makes our community more desirable destination and increases our property values. Find ways to decrease education costs without sacrificing staff or programs. When I served on the Council, we found innovative ways to make departments more efficient and increase income. I will look for similar initiatives on the BoE. Parking! We need to address the issue in a pro-active manner. Our school buildings were constructed at a time when children all walked to school or rode the bus. Now-a-day, what street around a school isn't clogged with cars twice a day?" Family: Wife - Elizabeth A. Lyons; insurance agent, James Murphy & Associates, Norwalk; Director of the Connecticut Council, International Association of Insurance Professionals; former member (9 years), Norwalk Board of Education; past President, Norwalk Seaport Association; past President, Marvin School PTO Education: 1973 -- Norwalk High School Elected office experience: Norwalk Common Council, 2 terms, 1981 - 1985 Other political or community activities: Member, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority Board, 2010-present List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. 1. Develop a strong, modern managerial and financial system for our schools, with appropriate computer upgrades and staff training, to run the school system as effectively as possible in financially challenging times. Making the best use possible of the proposals generated in the managerial audit of the schools performed several years ago by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, but never implemented, will be a part of this process. What sets you apart from other candidates? I have a unique breath and depth of my experience in Norwalk's government, and a long history of involvement with Norwalk's schools. As a Board of Estimate member I have worked on six Board of Education budgets, developing a strong understanding of the strengths of our schools, but also of the weaknesses of their budgetary processes. As the BET's representative on the negotiating team for the last teachers union contract, I am uniquely positioned to work on the next contract coming up for negotiation in 2012. And as the Chair of the Marvin School Council in the 1990's that adopted the Accelerated School reform model at Marvin School and dramatically improved the learning experience for the students there, I have direct insights into what works in reforming local schools. I will bring all this experience with me to the Board of Education.

Election 2011: Candidate Profiles B o a r D o f e D u C at i o n D i s t r i C t D ( o n e )
Greg Burnett

Jack Chiaramonte

Job title and employer: Senior Human Resources Job title and employer: Owner of SoNo Silver ComProfessional / IBM Corp. pany. What sets you apart from other candidates? As an active parent and citizen of Norwalk the recent concerns related to the BOE’s interaction and communication with teachers, parents, and union representatives has driven me to become part of the solution and not seat back and allow our School District to continue to deteriorate. My record of service and experience equip me to appropriately work with all stakeholders to ensure our children receive the high quality education which they need and are entitled to receive. I plan on being a integral member of a school board that encourgaes productive dialogue between our unions, teachers, city council, central office, and the community as a whole. I believe this open communication is imperative in achieving success in our diverse district. As a proud resident of Norwalk we can do better and I am committed to making that happen. What sets you apart from other candidates? I am very passionate in making sure our children are receiving the best possible eduacation we can give them. I have no tolerance for excuses and feel if changes need to be made, then we should make them. Some may feel I am strong minded, but this is our childrens educations we are talking about, and I expect in settling for nothing but the best we can give them. eir futures depend on the education we give our children now, so they can get the opportunities they need to succeed in life.

Family: I am the proud father of two children in the Norwalk Public School system. ey both are part of the Norwalk Marching Bears (Color Guard and Alto Sax). My children have taken advantage of the fine AT classes. ey also participate with the hockey team, drama & Arts clubs in the school. Family: I am married with two sons. One son has I understand the importance of these programs and completed the Norwalk Public School System and is others, and how it integral they are in providing our chilpresently a college senior. My other son is in the 10th dren with a well rounded education. My son plays a great grade in high school. Sax because of the awesome music teachers and music program we have in Norwalk Schools. Education: Bachelor of Science; Biology & Sociology; Syracuse University; Certificate in Human Resources Education: I went to Monsingor McClancy Memorial Studies; Cornell University Hish School in Queens. I then attended New York University and Saint John's University for Comupter Science. Elected office experience: Previously elected to the Board of Education 2005 - 2009 Elected office experience: I have served on the Board of Education now for the past four years. During that time Other political or community activities: Former I have been part of the exectutive committee and served BOE Member (4 years); Former PTOC Vice-President; as secretary, vice chairman and currently as chairman. Former member of the Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET); Presently a member of the Board of Health; Presently Vice Chairman of the Board for NEON; Other political or community activities: I have been Presently a member of the Norwalk Facilities Construc- a member of the Norwalk Republican town Committee tion Commission; Presently a member of the Human for many years, as well as the Chamber of Commerce. I Services Council Mentor Advisory Board; Biddy Basket- have supported many organizations in our city, such as ball Coach the Seaport Association and Keystone House. I am a big supportter of the Marching Bears and have donated to List your three top issues to address if you were to many Norwalk School functions. be elected. My primary focus areas are what I refer to as “e Five C’s” Classroom Success; Communication; CoList your three top issues to address if you were to operation; Creativity; Comprehensive Learning be elected: Curriculum. We are in the process of switch- Classroom Success for all students is key focusing on ing to Core Curriculum and we have many partners and closing the achievement gap as well as seeing our high foundations helping us to achieve this and improve our achieving students reach greater levels of achievement. districts curriculum. We absolutely need to raise the bar - Ensuring open communication and cooperation and have more rigor in our childrens education if we amongst all stakeholders with a productive dialogue with want them to be able to compete in a world economy. our unions, city council, and central office. Bringing the Central Office into the 21st Century. e - Creativity and innovation in our budget process and systems with which the central office does it's work are3 policy revisions to bring about savings without impact to very antiquated and need to be updated so that it can run programs and maintaining a high quality student learn- efficiently, be more productive and accountable while ing experience. saving the district money. Money that can be used for - Comprehensive approach to learning inside and out- more technological training in the class rooms. side the classroom addressing deliverables related to beEngage, Empower & Educate. Our slate of candidates fore-school and after-school programs including beleive if we can bring the level of enthusiasm that athletics, clubs, and enrichment activities. schools like Naramake & Nathan Hale have between parents, teachers & students, we can have a spectacular shool system that would be viewed as a role model for all other districts. is is going to be a great task to embolden our familes and teachers to work together as a family to elevate our children to the heights we know they are capable of obtaining. It is a matter of holding everyone accountable in our students education.

Election 2011: Candidate Profiles B o a r D o f e D u C at i o n D i s t r i C t e ( o n e )
Mike Barbis

Geoff Kieburtz
Unaffiliated, endorsed by the Republican Party

Job title and employer: Partner and Senior Energy Analyst, Weeden & Co. What sets you apart from other candidates? I am running for the BOE as I believe in NorWhat sets you apart from other walk's public schools. I am a seasoned community leader with experience in candidates? My two children atfinance and education. My involvetended Norwalk Public Schools ment with the schools began when we over a 22 year period, giving me first fought for neighborhood schools in hand exposure to the strengths and 2003 and has continued to today. I weaknesses of the system over an spent the last two years as co-presiextended period of time. is perdent of the Roton School Parent sonal knowledge, combined with Teacher Council (PTC) and served on extensive management education two of the Superintendent's workgroups. I have the knowledge and the and work experience, will be used connections to be an effective memto help identify effective educaber and leader of the BOE. tional innovations for our schools. My work as an analyst for the past 19 years has developed my skills in Family: Son - Skyler 13 years old, graduated from statistics and the ability to understand issues from mulRowayton Elementary, currently 8th grade at Roton Middle School, planning to attend Brien McMahon Class of 2016 tiple perspectives. ese skills can be put to effective use on the Board of Education for the important task of Education: Graduate of the Choate School; Wharton providing high quality education to all students in the School/University of Pennsylvania:BS Economics and BA system. Regional Science; Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA); Elected office experience: Commissioner, Sixth Taxing Di- Family: Wife - Linda, married 25 years; Son - Sean, stirct married and living in Dayton, OH. 1997 BMHS grad, 2002 grad USAFA; Daughter - Shannon, sophomore at Other political or community activities: Co-President, Roton School Parent Teacher Council 2009-2011; Member, St Lawrence University, 2010 BMHS grad; Our two chilSchool Calendar Workgroup, Norwalk Public Schools dren attended elementary, middle and high school in 2010/11; Member, Out of District Policies Workgroup, Nor- the NPS. Linda has been active in the Norwalk Mentor walk Public Schools 2010/11; Treasurer, Rowayton Hose program for eight years. Company ; Licensed Foster Parent, State of Connecticut; Recruiter, Lend-A-Hand Mentoring Program; Co-Founder, Education: I attended Rumson-Fair Haven Regional HS RFD Toy Drive; Fundraiser, Carver Connections; Co-Chair, in Rumson, N.J., graduated 1974; BS in Mechanical EnStop ru Trucks on 136; Founder, Farm Creek Preserve; gineering 1978, Stanford University; Masters of Public Board member, former Commodore, Rowayton Yacht and Private Management (MPPM) 1988, Yale University Club; Board member, former Treasurer, Pine Point AssociSchool of Management ation; President, Rowayton Civic Association; Coach, Rowayton Soccer; Co-Chair Bayley Beach Swim Races and Elected office experience: I have not previously Games; Volunteer, Norwalk Reads! sought elected office. e Board of Education is the List your three top issues to address if you were to be only public office I have the conviction to pursue. elected. 1. Focus on the appropriate cost structure and work rules for the NPS 2. Continue to close the achieve- Other political or community activities: I have volment gap for all of our students 3. Increase accountability unteered for various community activities in the 23 for all NPS employees years we have been residents of Norwalk. List your three top issues to address if you were to be elected. 1. Raise the effectiveness, efficiency and consistency of management processes used to run the NPS. In strained economic times, we have to get the most education impact possible from every dollar we invest in education. 2. Ensure effective development of curriculum to prepare our students for implementation of the Common Core State Standards that will go into effect in the 2014/15 school year. 3. Expand the channels of communication between the NPS and the community.

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