Harry Rilling is the new Mayor of Norwalk.
"We stayed focused, we stayed positive," said Rilling. "We kept our message, the message resonated with the people and the people spoke. Tonight, tonight. We have a mandate."
Unofficial results show the democratic candidate and former police chief beat former Mayor Richard Moccia by over 15 hundred votes. Rilling totaled 8,598 votes and Moccia over 7,000.
"This is a mayor elect who for decades put on a uniform and left his house knowing that that might be the day that he would sacrifice his life for the mayor of Norwalk," said congressman Jim Himes.
"I would also be very remiss if I didn't thank Mayor Moccia for his eight years of service to the city of Norwalk," said Rilling. "Who true to his promise kept our campaign focused and clean."
"This is somebody who I've admired for many years, worked together with, very proud to have supported. You couldn't have had a better, harder working candidate," said Gov. Dannel Malloy. "You actually had a candidate who listened to people."
Although results for the common council still remain unofficial, Rilling says he's determined to work together with both council republicans and democrats.
"They want us to work together to make us the city the best it could possibly be and I hope we get an eight to seven majority," said Rilling. "If it doesn't happen, it goes the other way, my first plea to the council, let's work together, let's make the city the best it could possibly be, because its the people that elect us, the people we serve and we need to get the job done for the people."
"He's a man who has been about service," said Senator Bob Duff. "He's a man who has respected people no matter what opinions they have, and he's somebody who can work on both sides of the isle who is going to put Norwalk first, not Norwalk party politics first."