Lisa Shanahan, District E Candidate for the Common Council
Why I'm Running
I am running for a seat on the Norwalk City Common Council for District E because I believe I can make a difference. Norwalk is one of the fastest-growing cities in Connecticut. While that growth is exciting and welcome, growth brings its own challenges for a uniquely historical city such as Norwalk.
My priorities for our City include:
attracting and retaining young families in our City by providing excellent school systems and stable property values
attracting good-paying jobs to our City that will provide our citizens with strong career opportunities and benefits
maximizing our open spaces for our sports teams, recreation and responsible conservation budgeting in a fiscally responsible way so that our City infrastructure is well-tended and needed City services are provided while not allowing our taxes and fees to rise unduly
I believe that public engagement is absolutely critical for good government. This engagement starts with meeting our District residents, listening to and understanding their concerns, benefiting from the expertise of City staff and others, and translating those concerns and recommendations into good public policy.
I feel confident that my professional and volunteer experiences will prove me to be a good listener for our District, a hardworking and thoughtful problem-solver, and, consequently, an excellent decision-maker as a councilwoman.
I grew up in Norwalk, attending the St. Joseph’s Parish, Rowayton Elementary and Roton Middle schools. As an adult, I returned to Norwalk on a part-time basis in 2001 before moving back to Connecticut as a full-time resident in 2007. I have been an active volunteer in Norwalk ever since, serving on the boards of Shakespeare on the Sound, The Rowayton Library (Secretary and VP), the Rowayton Gardeners (VP for two terms, Treasurer for two terms, and Secretary) and the Norwalk Land Trust. I was appointed to the Norwalk Conservation Commission by Mayor Harry Rilling in the winter of 2019. I have volunteered in a myriad of capacities for my Dartmouth College class since my graduation in 1980.
In my professional career, I joined the Chicago office of McDermott Will & Emery, an international law firm, after earning my law degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 1984. After the birth of my first daughter, I moved to The Northern Trust Company in 1992. Upon my retirement in the late 90s to raise my two daughters, I launched my “volunteer” career, involving myself in many different schools, sports, and civic organizations.
I currently live in Norwalk, with my adult daughters living close by in New York City. I look forward to meeting the constituents of District E to answer any questions you may have and to learn more about how I can be of service to our District and to our City.