Editor's note: Here are two separate letters to the editor endorsing Dave McCarthy for Norwalk Common Council:
To the editor:
I am pleased to endorse David McCarthy as a candidate for Norwalk’s Common Council. I have served with Dave on the board of directors of the Norwalk Senior Center over the past two years. He has proven his dedication to the board and to the community’s seniors through his hard work on rewriting the Annual Leadership Appeal, on planning and organizing the 40th Annual Gala and on taking over the reins as treasurer from the able hands of Linda West.
Dave has also served with me in the One Coast/One Future Economic Development Strategy Legislative Caucus, and is a member of its Steering Committee. In uncertain economic times, with very little or no federal funding available, Dave has maintained a sense of purpose and continued to press on. He personally wrote the first application under the CEDS Program to the U.S. Economic Development Administration in an attempt to create a Green Jobs Career Center at .
Dave’s service to Norwalk and Fairfield County has been exemplary over the years. He is always ready to do the hard work and always follows through until a project is finished. He understands that representative government means listening to constituents and putting the community first. As a member of the Common Council, he will be diligent, tenacious, and fair, and will continue to make an exceptional contribution to Norwalk.
State Rep. Gail Lavielle 143rd district (representing parts of Norwalk and Wilton).
To the Editor:
Excellence in local government means having our neighbors step up and use their talents to help the community. Dave McCarthy is running for Common Council in District E because he is looking to give back to Norwalk by continuing the success that Mayor Moccia and his team have brought to the city.
During my campaign for Congress last year, I got to know Dave and his passion for public service. Whether serving as Treasurer for the Senior Center or being a mentor in the Norwalk Mentoring Program, Dave has dedicated his free time to bettering Norwalk. He has served as a Zoning Commissioner, wrote the grant to establish a Green Career Center at Norwalk Community College, and is working to incorporate bike and pedestrian plans into Norwalk's transportation system.
Dave will work with Dick Moccia and members of both parties to keep Norwalk moving in the right direction. Whether bringing new jobs into Norwalk, keeping a lid on wasteful spending, or maintaining Norwalk as a balanced community, Dave McCarthy has the vision, experience, and commitment to be a great asset to your family on the Common Council. I encourage you to vote for him on November 8th.
Former State Senator
Editor's note: Dave McCarthy and fellow Republican Andrew T. Conroy (an incumbent) are running against incumbent Nora King and fellow Democrat John Igneri to represent District E on the Common Council (here's a PDF map of districts of the Norwalk Common Council: E1, E2 and E3 make up District E). Dave McCarthy is a Norwalk Patch blogger—a position open to any candidate or potentially anyone else, for that matter.