“I am declaring my candidacy because I feel I can make a difference in the community and I feel like I can make a difference because of the experience I have,” the Norwalk native said. “I have been considering this for some time … It seems like a good time to run.”
Wallace’s experience has been varied. He is a realtor and served the city as a Norwalk firefighter for more than 16 years. He also received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force.
“I have been the executive director for Answering the Call Together for over eight years, which has allowed me to see the needs in our community. I have been a small business owner. I know what it’s like to go out and fight for a job and make a living every single day and how tough that is,” said Wallace, a 1983 Norwalk High School graduate.
The emphasis in his campaign is on teamwork and collaboration, specifically the slogan “Team Norwalk.” Wallace’s vision for the city consists of four components: The citizens, local businesses, city council and city administration.
“By working together, we will find the best solutions for you and your city. I have a very clear understanding that as mayor, my job is to serve you,” he said.
“By working with local businesses, Norwalk Economic Development Corp. and the Huron County Chamber of Commerce, we will be stronger and more successful in our efforts to expand/grow businesses and create an appealing environment for new businesses to locate to Norwalk,” Wallace added.
Wallace is serving his second term on council representing the second ward. His term ends at the end of 2019. He said that experience has shown him the importance of strong leadership and “good communication between the city administration and council.”
“I think it’s important as a city councilman to understand you’re representing the people and some times you have to put your own opinions aside and do what the will of the people is asking you to do,” Wallace said. “I understand how important strong leadership and clear communications are between the administration and city council. I will lead from in front and work to regain the trust and confidence between council and the administration. Working together is our most effective way to govern our city.”
Wallace was asked about his confidence level going into what could be a primary against Republican incumbent Rob Duncan. Duncan, also a Republican, is serving his second term as mayor.
“My decision to run is based upon the strong support of the community. I talk to a lot of businesses as a councilman and I obviously talk to a lot of people and I just feel that the leadership and experience I have will be good foundations to lead this city,” said Wallace, who was born and raised in Norwalk. “I have invested in this community.”
Wallace said he believes in council financially supporting the NEDC, which he calls “a very important component to our economic growth and retention.”
If elected, Wallace plans on being a full-time mayor with an open-door policy so citizens can address their concerns directly to him.
“I feel the position of mayor is important and it deserves the attention of a full-time position,” he said. “Let’s make Norwalk a better place to live and raise a family by working together.”
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