Local attorney Joseph Kendy has lived in Norwalk his entire life. He says he is invested in its future, and that is why he is running for an at-large spot on the Common Council.
Kendy says he has three priorities when it comes to his vision of Norwalk's future. First, he says Norwalk must hold on to its AAA bond rating.
"We need to maintain the fiscal soundness of the city, and the mayor has done that," he says.
Second on Kendy's list is improving the quality of Norwalk's education system. Kendy says without a good education system, Norwalk's real estate will take a hit and force people to move out of Norwalk. He says his third priority, maintaining the value of Norwalk's commercial and residential properties, goes hand-in-hand with education.
Kendy says budget-wise, the city should ensure public safety and infrastructure funding remain secure year in and year out.
"Tough decisions need to be made, and I think this administration has made them," he says. "I think the city is in really good shape on all those basic fronts."
Kendy says the relationship between the mayor and the Common Council should resemble the sort of relationships he has worked to maintain for over 30 years in the corporate world.
"Good, solid business relationships," he says. "Open relationships where you can discuss the tough issues and the problems. The mayor is extremely competent and the Council is extremely competent."
"We can have differences of opinion, but those differences should be constructive," he says. "They should be open. There's no room for petty politics."