Municipal Endorsements: Town Committee Meets Thursday, July 18th
Democrats To Emphasize Investments In Education, Transit-Oriented Development, Safe Neighborhoods
A slate of 28 candidates led by Mayor Tim O’Brien will seek endorsements for city offices at the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) on Thursday, July 18th, 7 p.m. at New Britain City Hall, 27 West Main Street.
A nominating committee will provide the 51-member DTC with a report on incumbents and newcomers seeking endorsement, including their views on key issues facing city government in the next two years. The endorsement meeting is set to endorse candidates for single-seat offices including Mayor, Town and City Clerk, Tax Collector and Treasurer. Fifteen Council seats at the at large and district levels will be chosen; three for Board of Education, two for Board of Assessment Appeal and four for Constable.
In a party platform based on candidate feedback and Town Committee issues meetings this year, Democrats are expected to focus their campaign on new investments in education, job creation through transit-oriented and business development and safe, sustainable neighborhoods through effective code and anti-blight enforcement.
Mayor O’Brien and other candidates cited the importance of those priorities in discussing their candidacies with the DTC nominating committee.
Alderwoman Eva Magnuszewski stated “quality education is a right not a privilege.” She stressed economic development involves branding our city as the place to bring your business and said city government needs to continue efforts at removing blight in neighborhoods.
Alderman David DeFronzo noted “there are a number of important issues facing our city but I think two of the most important are continuing to reinvest in the redevelopment of downtown and the strengthening of our school system. The stronger our schools become the more attractive our community will be to young families. With young families comes more homeowners who want to invest in New Britain and patronize local restaurants and businesses, which in turn creates greater development downtown.”
Council President Mike Trueworthy, a member of the Council since 2003, emphasized his work on budgetary matters and the need for infrastructure improvements. He also cited sound economic development strategies and funding for education as his priorities.
New Ward 4 candidate, Attorney Adrian Baron, said his work on the Council would involve completion of the Broad Street streetscape and promotion of Little Poland; development of the downtown district, attracting new business to the city and improving the schools.
Backyard Party For O’Brien Sunday 7/14
A “Summer Soiree” will be held in support of the re-election of Mayor Tim O’Brien Sunday, July 14th, at the historic (1786) home of Adrienne Benjamin & Steve Horowitz, 288 Steele Street, from 3 to 5 pm. The backyard party is an O’Brien for New Britain committee event. There is a suggested donation is $25.
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