As most residents in town know, I am a farmer who has lived here in Glastonbury for my entire life. My family has been farming the same piece of land for 120 years. I ran for the Glastonbury town council because I believe that Glastonbury is worth fighting for. There are things I don’t like about the direction Glastonbury is currently headed. I believe in fighting for those reasons.
As a council, I believe we should be conserving tax payers’ money, protecting open land, and ensuring the community that we represent is protected and served by well trained and well led police, fire and public works departments. Year after year development has gained acre by acre our beautiful open farm land. Most who moved here did so because of the bucolic beauty that abounds in this town, and the Norman Rockwell scenes that can be found along South Glastonbury’s rolling orchards, the slip of America’s oldest continuously running ferry, or the door step to Emmy Lou’s. I personally am concerned about the over development of our quaint downtown, the need to preserve our historic locations, increasing crime, taxes, and declining quality of life.
I admire those who served before me and continue to do so — like Kurt Cavanaugh, and yes, Tom Gullotta. These are long-timers, like myself, and the entire Republican slate who represent more than 232 years in town, unlike the Democrats who have newcomers with fewer than 5 years. Their hearts align with mine, and they see the same proverbial troubles that I speak of on the horizon. They are good men. I have to be honest, if you vote for me, understand what you are voting for, understand me as a person. I have what some might call “old fashioned values”. If I see something I believe is wrong, I will not go along with it. I will make noise about it regardless of party lines, and I will do it regardless of what the perceived impact on me may be. I have never shied away from a fight and I never will. I believe I was previously elected to serve because a lot of folks in town feel the way I do. Unfortunately, because of the political climate we live in, individuals sometimes feel if they do speak up, they will be ostracized or ridiculed. Speak up, stand up for your values.
I am here; I am willing to serve those voters. Reach out to me, complain, tell me what you don’t like, tell me what bothers you! I’ll be your voice, and I’ll be a loud one. I am not the most educated. I am certainly no politician, but I have a good work ethic and I continue at a task until I complete it. I’ll be honest, and I admit, you may not always like my answers to your questions, or my opinion on a topic, but I will be straightforward and honest with you.
Thank you for the opportunity to continue to serve,