Mayor Richard A. Moccia was selected Thursday night to lead the Republican Town Committee's ticket of candidates for Norwalk offices in the November election.
"I will run a positive campaign," Moccia told the party faithful gathered in a dining room of the on East Avenue. "I will tell the voters what we've done."
In one of three endorsement speeches made before the committee voted unanimously to select Moccia for mayor, Norwalk state Rep. Larry Cafero said Norwalk citizens want a mayor who works hard, is honest and "someone who cares."
Moccia, Cafero continued, "is a good and decent man, and we are all blessed to have him as our mayor, and blessed that he has chosen to run again."
In his acceptance speech, Moccia said, "I will run a positive campaign. I will tell the voters what we've done."
Moccia, who was first elected Norwalk's mayor in 2005, is seeking his fourth two-year term as chief executive of the city.
Prior to becoming mayor, Moccia had been a member of the Common Council, fire commissioner and chairman of the Republican Town Committee.
Candidates selected to run for city offices included the following [incumbents in bold text]:
- City Treasure: Ralph A. Depanfillis
- Town Clerk: Richard A. McQuaid
- Council at Large: Fred A. Bondi, Joanne T. Romano, John E. Tobin, Victor J. Cavallo and Douglas E. Hempstead
- District Council Seats: Dist. A -- Karen A. Cosco and Richard J. Bonenfant; Dist. B -- no candidates; Dist. C -- Michelle A. Maggio and Nicholas D. Kydes; Dist.D -- Jerry E. Petrini and Bryan D. Meek; Dist. E -- Andrew T. Conroy and David T. McCarthy.
The city's Democratic Town Committee will hold its nominating caucus Monday evening, and Andy Garfunkel, currently Norwalk's town clerk, is expected to be selected to run for mayor.
The Republican Town Committee's candidates for Board of Education were: Dist. A -- Robert Mercurio; Dist. B -- no candidate; Dist. C -- Michael W. Lyons; Dist. D. -- Jack Chiaramonte; Dist. E -- Geoff Kieburtz.