MEET DAVID WALLACE
Growing Up In Norwalk
I was born and raised right here in Norwalk! My Mom and Dad raised four boys in a house on Marion Dr. and this was the only home I lived in as a child. The values of integrity, service, and commitment were instilled in me by my parents and are what drives me today. My Dad served in the Navy during WWII and my Mom was a stay-at-home Mom raising her four sons. I couldn’t have asked for better role models than my parents!
I did not realize how blessed I was to grow up in Norwalk until after I became an adult. As a kid, I took for granted how safe our community was. Playing outside all day and riding my bike to school was just a normal everyday thing. As an adult, I realize not everyone in our country lives like this. Norwalk is still a safe, kid friendly community and as mayor I will work to keep it that way.
I am fortunate to be able to call one of my longest and best friends, my wife. Treena and I have been married for over 32 years. We have been blessed with two beautiful and smart daughters, Jessica and Macie. Treena and I have instilled the same values into our daughters as our parents did with us. Jessica serves in the United States Air Force and recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Macie is attending Ashland University and is working towards her Bachelor of Nursing degree.
I graduated from Norwalk High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, I worked at Norwalk Furniture Corp. making furniture for over 10 years. In 1995, I was hired by the City of Norwalk as a fire fighter and served our city for over 16 years. I received the Lion’s Club Fire Fighter of the Year award in 2007. I retired from the Norwalk Fire Department in 2011 due to an on-duty injury I received while fighting a fire.
In 2011, I became the executive director of Answering The Call Together, Inc. ACT serves people who are sick, poor, and elderly in Norwalk and abroad. This experience has opened my eyes to see the needs right here in our own community, and I am humbled to be able to
serve those who need help. One of the most notable projects that I participated in was the Hurricane Harvey Relief Project in 2017. Our community answered the call for help by donating over $50,000 and supplies that filled over two semi-truck loads! Again, this was a humbling experience to be able to feed and give supplies to thousands of people in the Houston, TX area. This is a testament to the people of Norwalk, and I am proud to be a part of this great community!
In 2014, I started a small business working as a realtor. I started my business with zero clients and through hard work, perseverance, and commitment I have built a very successful business. One of the keys to success is the ability to bring people together and I will use this skill set to bring people together to make Norwalk a better place to live.
I was elected twice to serve the people of Norwalk as an At-Large City Councilman and as a 2nd Ward councilman. It has been an honor representing the people of Norwalk and I have taken this responsibility seriously. There are times when I must put my opinions aside and vote the will of my constituency. Other times, I am expected to make decisions when there is no input from my constituency and use my experience and judgement to decide what best serves the people of Norwalk. I have learned how important communications are between the city administration and city council. This experience will be invaluable when working together with city council.