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Meet Colin

Colin Hosten is an At-Large member of the Board of Education of the City of Norwalk, CT. He has been a lecturer in the undergraduate Core Writing program at Fairfield University for several years. He is also a board member of the Triangle Community Center, which offers life-saving support to vulnerable young people in and around Norwalk. 

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling has called Colin, “a smart, creative, independent thinker.” Colin has worked at the grassroots level in Norwalk for ten years as a community leader. He’s pushed for more stop signs around heavily trafficked areas near local schools. He’s fought for greater controls and oversight of industrial pollution in South Norwalk. He helped with the effort to get the Norwalk Tree Alliance to donate and plant more trees in South Norwalk along Woodward Ave. He’s also been an active member of the Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations. 

Colin is a former member of the Common Council of Norwalk, where he was a strong advocate on issues such as the rising cost of living, quality public education, affordable healthcare, environmental responsibility, and civil rights equality. 

As a ten-year resident of Norwalk, Colin knows it is vital to have municipal representatives who embrace the rich diversity we enjoy here. His parents were career teachers in Trinidad, who taught him to value and respect strong public service, and quality public education. Because of their guidance and support, Colin was able to attend Morehouse College on a scholarship. As a naturalized American, Colin knows what’s like to chase that elusive American dream, and feel left out. 

But he also sees unlimited potential in Norwalk.

Making any progress is going to take collaboration between citizens and city leaders, as well as collaboration with the rest of our state. Colin loves hearing from constituents, so please feel free to reach out to him. He is your public servant. And he will never take that for granted.

Though he wasn’t born here in Norwalk, Colin chose to make Norwalk his home, along with his husband, Joe, and their dog, Bugsy. And he’s grateful every day that he did. As our Board of Education representative, Colin intends to make sure that Norwalk Public Schools remain a safe and welcoming place for ALL.