If it’s a fight you’re looking for then it would appear I’m your most likely candidate.
But keep in mind I’m only going to fight for safer streets and more local businesses.
I have always chosen to take and will continue to take the high road, but I will not back down when it comes to battling the bureaucracies that keep much needed resources from our city.
Blocking resources earmarked for the homeless is inhumane and downright cruel.
I am proud to defend my position on these and other things that truly matter.
All of the other fights pale in comparison to these and that’s why I have kept my campaign focused on the issues, That is why we are devoted to finding and working with people who know that together we can build a better Norwalk.
Over the past number of months, I along with some of my supporters have been taunted online by what are referred to as “internet trolls.”
An “internet troll” is a person whose only purpose is to start an online argument. Although it’s been difficult, I have made every effort to keep from being provoked into a response because I simply refuse to be distracted from the important issues at hand.
In fact, the only action that I took directly was to block one of these individuals who, although he has held a position within the community, used foul language on our page.
While I have been dedicated to the issues and have withheld a personal response to online trolling and misrepresentations, two or three of my supporters and a campaign worker felt compelled, as is their right, to address one of the perceived “trollers” in a civil but serious manner.
Now their willingness to defend our polite refusal to engage in mudslinging of any kind is being framed as an attack. The internet is unforgivingly accurate and the time line clearly shows that I and my supporters were personally attacked repeatedly for weeks before a small group of my supporters and campaign workers decided to push back.
My greatest disappointment is that people are using this manufactured incident to distract voters from the more serious issues at hand.
I invite my opponents and their supporters to engage in a formal debate about how to move Norwalk forward at a time when the federal government is in chaos, a time in which the financially strapped state government has its work cut out for it and a period our natural human values—such as civility, kindness, patience and generosity--are threatened by the forces of intolerance.
I understand that elections are rough and tumble and that sometimes passions flair.
My campaign has allowed there to be open questioning and debate on my Facebook page because discussions on real topics is needed.
Let’s continue to engage in a manner befitting mature adults without all the name-calling, finger-pointing and bellyaching. Let’s communicate courteously and focus on the issues that confront our civic life.
I am sure that there will continue to be personal attacks waged against my family , my supporters, and myself during this campaign period.
However, you and I working together can nonetheless maintain our sights laser-trained on the issues and prove that, through unity, we can build a better Norwalk.
Aranda is cuurently running for a four-year seat on the Norwalk City Council.