Republican incumbent Rob Duncan and Dave Light, a Democrat and retired police chief, will face off in the Nov. 5 election. Each candidate said this week their campaigns have been going smoothly.
“It’s going well,” said Duncan, who has been “making contacts” and knocking on doors each night and on the weekends. “We will continue to work hard.”
Each candidate participated in Norwalk’s parade this morning
Light, who admittedly “has never been a politician,” said he has learned the power of family and friends is important to his campaign. His son Nate, who recently earned his master’s degree in computer science from Bowling Green State University, designed his father’s website. His daughter Micki designed her dad’s campaign T-shirts, which feature a lighthouse.
“She (also) has put together the neatest float for me,” Light said. “Of course my wife (Kim) has been there since Day One.”
Light’s float featured a character familiar to those who have been to Cedar Point over the years. His brother John and sister-in-law Carrie have purchased the prospector from the old Mine Ride.
“We’re going to see how many people can recognize the person on the float,” Light said with a laugh. “There’s no rhyme or reason for it, except it looks cool.”
The candidates were asked what have they heard on the campaign trail.
Duncan said residents have told him they are pleased with the direction of Norwalk, specifically the infrastructure work.
“People are pleased and proud of the new fire station,” added the mayor, who is seeking his third term.
Potential voters remain concerned with the drug problem, Duncan said, but “they are happy we have a 25th officer” in the police department.
“Probably the biggest thing I have heard is the (lack of) activities for children. A lot of them are not aware of the all things we offer,” he added.
Light said campaigning has been a positive and encouraging experience.
“It’s been a very exciting experience for me; it’s all new territory for me,” added the retired police chief, who has received positive feedback from both Democrats and Republicans. “People are telling me locally (that) political parties don’t matter.”
When asked what feedback he has received from residents, Light said “people are telling me they are ready for a change.” Personally, he said he has seen “a lot of activity” in Sandusky and Huron, while “Norwalk seems to be floating away” and not moving forward.
“That’s why I’m on the campaign trail. … We can be doing a lot better than we are,” Light added.
While meeting with many people, he said he has learned Norwalk is full of people with great “business minds.” When asked to elaborate, Light said there are business officials with many years of experience who “have a lot of good advice” on how to move the city forward.
“If there is one thing I have learned in 34 years of law enforcement, it’s you have to be a good listener,” he added.