NORWICH – Running on a platform to “restore the Norwich community” to its glory days, Republican mayoral hopeful Christine Carnrike is campaigning in full force to bring new blood to City Hall.
Now with the September primary less than a week away, Carnrike said it’s time for voters to really consider who they want in the mayor’s seat for the next two-year term. Carnrike has hammered a number of issues since officially announcing her candidacy back in April, including ways she believes could attract more commerce to the downtown area, tighten the city’s budget, and address the growing drug epidemic.
“I feel that right now, we're just getting by,” said Carnrike. “Something needs to change in vision and leadership for Norwich to return to what it used to be.”
Carnrike is the first candidate to challenge present Mayor Joseph Maiurano since 2007. Maiurano has served four consecutive terms as mayor, running unopposed in 2009, 2011, and 2013. However, appearing only on the Republican line on this year’s ballot, Maiurano will be out of the running if losing to Carnrike in next week’s primary election.