Usually, a Republican or Democrat runs for his or her own party. But Norwalk councilman Bruce Kimmel is mixing things up a bit.
"It gives me great pleasure to place into nomination someone who takes bi-partisanship very seriously," said David McCarthy, a Republican councilman who nominated Kimmel.
Kimmel is a Democrat currently serving on Norwalk's Common Council -- but is seeking re-election for the Republican bid. -- and receiving support.
"Regardless on an occasional difference on the issues, I've always respected his thought process, his logic and his courteous, factual manner," said McCarthy.
"He is for Norwalk. He's not a Republican, he's not a Democrat. He is what he votes for," said Jerry Petrini, also a Republican councilman who nominated Kimmel.
Monday night the Norwalk Republican Town Committee nominated Kimmel as an at-large candidate for the Common Council.
"I'm looking forward to the coming campaign. I promise I will work my hardest, do my best and always do what I feel is in the best interest of the City of Norwalk," said Bruce Kimmel.
Kimmel left the Democratic caucus because he didn't agree with the way it was run. He began caucusing with Republicans at the start of this year.
"Bruce is going to be continuing to bring Norwalk together. He's going to campaign for us and to expound the virtues that we've been building on for the last seven and a half years," said Art Scialabba, Chairman of the Norwalk Republican Town Committee.