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Norwalk, CT | Added on July 27, 2013 At 05:29 PM

Harry Rilling, Matt Miklave, Andy Garfunkel and Vinny Mangiacopra -- four names Norwalk has heard often in 2013.  But for the next 10 days or so, these four hope to get the names of every other registered Democrat in Norwalk.

The four Democrats are all in the middle of petitioning for a primary election in September.  All four want to be Norwalk's next mayor.

Rilling says it is "by no stretch of the imagination" an easy process.  Mangiacopra says in the middle of summer, petitioning can be "tedious."

Each candidate needs to secure the signatures of 775 Norwalk's registered Democrats to be added to the Sept. 10 primary ballot.  To do that, all four have mostly been going door-to-door to score signatures.

"It certainly helps to meet the voters and give them information about what you're going to bring to the mayoral seat," Rilling says.

"It gives us an opportunity to talk to as many people in our community as possible and help spread our message," Mangiacopra says.

"That's really how you find out about your community, about voters," Miklave says.  "I think we spend too much time talking to party insiders within the Democratic party."

What's more, you'll actually find the four candidates and their supporters signing each other's petitions.

"It's very, very fair," Rilling says.  "We do need to get a lot of signatures."

Miklave says he has no hesitancy signing his competitors' petitions.

"The person who gets the most votes will be the Democratic nominee," he says.  "That should be the way it is."

Each candidate has until Aug. 7th to collect what amounts to five percent of the city's 15,486 registered Democrats.  Voters can sign more than one petition but cannot sign one more than once.  

Democrats have set up an event July 29 that will provide access to sign all four petitions.  For more on that, visit this link:

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