Secretary of the State a ‘long shot’ for Garfunkel

From the Hour: Secretary of the State a ‘long shot’ for Garfunkel <read>

Democrat Andrew S. Garfunkel describes his bid for the office of Secretary of the State as a “long shot.” For one thing, he’s competing with the state house majority leader for his party’s nomination.

But Garfunkel, who has been Norwalk’s town clerk for nearly a decade, also believes he’s the right person to fill the office being vacated by Susan Bysiewicz. Garfunkel says he’s a manager, not a lawmaker.

“(The secretary of the state) is a position that is managerial for the state, and I believe that my years of experience (as town clerk) step up to the level of the Secretary of the State’s office,” Garfunkel said. “I’m coming from that direction as opposed to from a legislative direction into the position. Right now, I have contacted personal friends and colleagues and discussed these issues with them.”…

Garfunkel is hopeful that his affiliation with the Connecticut Town Clerks Association will help secure his name recognition as he seeks his party’s nomination in May…

He has performed on stage and worked as a construction contractor before being elected town clerk in 2001. He completed two and a half years of course work to earn state certification as a municipal clerk and has served as a mentor to clerks in Newtown, Danbury, and Trumbull.

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