Election Day is Nov. 5. Here at It's Relevant, we're sitting down with Norwalk's candidates for Common Council and the Board of Education, and we're talking about their opinions, qualifications and visions for Norwalk.
Sarah Mann (R) has filled in as an at-large Council member since January 2013. She is running in November as a District C representative.
She says during her short time on the Council, she has made most of her impact working on various committees: ordinance; personnel; health welfare & public safety; and land use. She praises the city's decision to adopt a residential blight ordinance in August, and hopes a commercial policy is soon to come.
Mann says she has spent the majority of her time listening and learning the ins and outs of the Common Council. She says she's become accustomed to the process of policy-making and enjoys gathering public input -- it's the latter that has her seeking her first full term.
"It was nice to hear what residents have to say," she says. "I like that give and take."
Mann says, if elected, she would prioritize fully funding the Board of Education; pushing forward with the Norwalk Harbor Loop Trail; and implementing an ordinance for commercial blight.
She says the relationship between the mayor and the Council should be "as amicable as possible." She says she hasn't seen much of that during her time on the Council.
"It was so partisan sometimes. It was just, 'We're Republicans, we're Democrats and that's the way it's going to be,'" she says. "I got the idea people wouldn't vote for something only because it was the mayor's idea, or if it was the Republicans' idea. It was frustrating to me, and I don't think the residents liked it."
"That doesn't do anybody anyone any good, and it doesn't serve the residents."