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Making Bumgardner Groton City mayor would be big mistake, says former colleague

I am watching the Groton City mayoral primary taking shape between Aundré Bumgardner and Keith Hedrick. Aundré and I served together as state representatives. To give Aundré the reigns as the CEO of a governmental entity would be a travesty.

On numerous occasions he and I had come to agreement on issues or bills beneficial to Groton only to have him blindside me in the eleventh hour and without explanation.

For example, we had a joint meeting with then Department of Administrative Services Commissioner Melody Currey, specially arranged by former State Rep. Lenny Winkler, that was set up to shake free delayed school bonding money for the Groton school construction project. Taking everyone by surprise, Aundré went against our agreement to jointly support the will of the Groton taxpayers. His behavior scuttled our ability to get the funding as planned. As a result, it took an extra year to get the bonding money. This delayed the project start and increased costs by nearly 20%.

All should beware of his slick campaign videos and social media presence. Based on my experience, Aundré lacks the education, honesty, integrity, maturity, organizational skills, and the shear mental fortitude necessary to be the City of Groton mayor.

John Scott

Groton Republican Town Committee chair

Mystic

 

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