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Party affiliation: Republican
Are you an incumbent for this seat? No
Education/degrees: Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, 1987
Master of Science, Electrical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School, 1997
Degree of Electrical Engineer, Naval Postgraduate School, 1997
Master of Science, Organizational Management, Eastern Connecticut State University, 2005
Occupation: Program Manager, Progeny Systems Engineer
Previous offices held and other government service:
What are the major issues for your town? The most significant issue facing Ledyard town government is restoring the proper alignment of responsibility and accountability between the branches of government. For the past several years, Ledyard town government has been characterized by poor communication and a lack of leadership, which has caused the Town Council to assume responsibility for actions that are typically the responsibility of the Mayor, including union and contract negotiation. In addition, the Town Council will be challenged next year to propose a budget based on the reduction in state funding to towns and the $700K grant that was used to increase recurring costs in the school budget by 4% instead of using it for one-time costs. This will need to be done while maintaining the quality education that Ledyard is know for and the quality of service provided to the residents by Town Hall. One solution that will need to be pursued is continued economic development within the town to expand the tax base so that property taxes can be stabilized.
What makes you the best candidate for this office? I have over 25 years of leadership and management experience, over 13 of which were as a project/program manager. As a 20-year Navy veteran, I have significant team building experience, a skill that is sorely needed in Leydard town government. With a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and another in Organizational Management, I have reinforced my practical experience with technical and management education. This experience will be critical to the success of the Town Council as we work towards solutions to improve services provided by the town and resolve the major issues discussed in the first question.
What was the last book you read, and what did you think of it? American Heroes in Special Operations by Oliver North. It was a phenomenal tribute to the military heroes of the Special Forces in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a Navy veteran of the first Gulf War, I am always in awe of those that served on the ground, facing the enemy in direct conflict. The Special Forces personnel from each service demonstrated superb mission-focus and loyalty to team over all other things. Col. North was able to weave a cohesive story around the exploits of the individual service members. An extremely motivational book that makes you feel great about being an American and proud of these relatively young men who sacrificed for the freedom that we enjoy.
Address: 17 Garden Dr, Gales ferry, CT 06335
Marital Status/Children: Married to Heather France/Annemarie (21), Laurel (18), Marguerite (16), Frederick (14)
Age on Election Day: 49