Imagine you’re a lifelong Republican, and this November you begin to fill in the circles on your ballot, but you stop, wondering what’s going on. There are hardly any GOP candidates. And not a single Republican for the four seats on the Board of Education. The ballot instructions say you have four votes for BOE candidates, but there are no Republicans. Something must be wrong.
Welcome to the 2021 municipal elections in Norwalk, which might turn out to be the strangest in city history. Although the Democratic party is fielding a full slate of candidates for the 15 Common Council and four Board of Education slots, the local Republican party, in an unprecedented move for a major party in Norwalk, nominated only eight candidates for these 19 positions. Both parties have a mayoral candidate.