Published October 19. 2011 4:00AM
Party affiliation: Republican
Are you an incumbent for this seat? No
Campaign website: www.RodolicoforMayor.com
Education/degrees: BS Aerospace Engineering, New York Polytech
MS Civil Engineering, University of Connecticut
Occupation: Principal Engineer
Civic involvement: Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission; Ledyard High School Building Committee; Ledyard Boys Baseball and Girls Softball League
Endorsements: Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors; Ledyard Republican Town Committee
Previous offices held and other government service: 12 years on the Ledyard Town Council; 5 years as Town Council Chairman; Chairman, Town Council Finance and Administration Committees
What are the major issues for your town? Maintaining a stable tax rate, creating an efficient and professional town hall organization, and establishing effective and continuous communication.
The financial turmoil in Hartford and Washington will result in reduced aid to Ledyard and the Mayor must be pro-active to find areas of savings. The tax rate must be maintained by looking for efficiencies within government departments; in conjunction with other town organizations, such as the Board of Education; and throughout the region by sharing services with other municipalities.
The Mayor, Economic Development Commission and the land use department must aggressively pursue quality commercial development that will elevate the appearance of our town, provide basic services, and expand the tax base. Examples would be expansion of broadband service, working with Job Lot to seek out a full service grocer, and gaining access to the reservoir watershed for passive recreation.
The appearance of our town is an important marketing tool and impacts the general quality of life. All town employees and citizens must be empowered to report areas of concern and a process must be in place to follow up and remedy these situations.
To accomplish these goals I will communicate clearly with all town stakeholders: town employees, the Board of Education, the Town Council, State legislators, the business community, and the taxpayer.
What makes you the best candidate for this office? I have spent over 39 years in private industry, where innovation is the key to survival. My career included extensive formal training and increasing levels of responsibility in management, budgeting, human resources and problem solving. Finally, my 12 years of elected office, including 5 years as Ledyard's Town Council Chairman and Deputy Mayor, combine to provide the tools necessary to lead a complex government organization.
What was the last book you read, and what did you think of it? Andrew Johnson: the 17th President, 1865-1869 by Annette Gordon-Reed. This book recounts how ordinary individuals played a crucial part in our great nation's history. Johnson was an unremarkable and complex man who rose to America's highest office by succeeding one of its most beloved Presidents. His subsequent challenges were a tribute to his desire to do right, despite the pressures of politicians bent on revenge. This is a sobering biography for anyone aspiring to public service and gave me pause as I began this campaign for Mayor.