Two Square Off In Primary For Ward 6 Seat

By: Shawn Magrath

NORWICH – Two candidates have thrown their hat in the ring in the race for Ward Six Alderman, both appearing as Republican candidates on the primary election ballot in September before November’s general election.

Incumbent Alderman Thomas LoPiccolo is being challenged by Sixth Ward resident Daniel Palmer. Palmer certainly isn’t new to the political scene. In 2009, he opposed then Alderman Robert Jeffrey by running as an independent in the November general elections. Jeffrey won the election and filled the seat until elected as City Supervisor in November, 2011; but Palmer is now using more years of public service and community involvement to leverage his qualifications for the upcoming elections.

LoPiccolo is seeking to win in his first election. LoPiccolo has only served as the ward’s representative since January, when he was appointed the position by the city council to replace Jeffrey.

“I have the exuberance to want to see change and to want to help out. I have a passion for it and it’s not just for the city, it’s for the people in my ward too,” LoPiccolo said. “I like doing what I’m doing. I feel like I’m doing my part and I want to stay in it.”

Although admitting he wasn’t certain about his role in city government when first being appointed, LoPiccolo said he feels he’s become more comfortable on the council over the months and now wants to show he’s the right person for the job. “Now that I’ve been there, I see that there are a lot of things in the works and I like what I see,” he said. “There’s still a lot more that needs to be done that we’re working on.”

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