The following letter was submitted to Patch from Vinny Mangiacopra, District D Chairman, Former Mayoral Candidate
A few years back now, a member of my district D committee recommended I reach out to this talented, motivated man, Warren Peña and seek to get him involved in local politics. What has transpired in the time since he has been gratifying to watch. Warren has represented all of Norwalk proudly over the past two years on the Common Council. He has stood up to the politics that have plagued our city for generations while keeping an eye towards opportunities that can make it thrive in the future. His voice is loud and it is clear.
I have been fortunate to stand alongside Warren many times since that first recruitment meeting. He has become not only a strong colleague, but also a close friend. It's admirable the tact that he has taken to engage Norwalk's Latino community, hammering away to ensure that their needs are represented at every turn. As Chairman of the South Norwalk Community Center, Warren has reinvigorated dialogue in South Norwalk that has been long overdue. He has spoken out on issues long before they became popular to do so because it was the right thing to do for Norwalk.
Councilman Peña was't working alone. Alongside the likes of Councilman David Watts and Councilman John Igneri, Norwalk can feel confident that our politicians are gong to be held accountable. On Tuesday, let's not only get them re-elected, but let's add to the team.
In what has been a historic election year, Norwalk has a great opportunity to move forward in a new direction. The Democrats provide a diverse, well-rounded ticket that includes people like Faye Bowman and Travis Simms for a better South Norwalk; Olivia Dardy, Nick Saccinelli, Eloisa Melendez and John Kydes - rising stars in our community; and experienced activists the likes of Marilyn Robinson, Kate Tepper and Sharon Stewart. This is the team that will work with our new mayor Harry Rilling to make Norwalk prosper to the potential we all know it deserves.
On Tuesday, go out and vote. Take a look at the talent on Row B, fill in their bubbles and let's vigorously get to work.
District D Chairman
Former Mayoral Candidate