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Al Almeida

Running for Mayor

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Party: Democrat

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Age: 57

Marital Status: Divorced

Current Residence: Danbury

Current Job: Command Sergeant Major-US Army Reserves

Previous Job: Investigator-Public Defender Office

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Education: MS - Univ of Conn

What is the most pressing local issue facing your community and how would you solve it (within the capacity of the office for which you are running)?
There various local issues facing our community from declined city services, failing education, traffic congestion, road maintenance and growth of quality sustainable jobs.
With the state's ongoing budget crisis looming over the election, what are your plans for your community's budget? Is there anything you can do make your town less dependent on revenue from the state?
The ongoing state's budget is looming in every city and town in Conn so as Mayor, I must look at other options available without increasing property taxes. There are other ways of increasing revenue without tax increase but we would need the state legislators to change a few laws...such has allowing cities and towns to charge hotel city tax.
The legislature has been debating various ideas to allow towns to raise revenue locally through something other than property taxes. If you could ease your residents' property tax burden by adding another method of taxation, is there anything you might consider for your town?
Hotel city tax for all the city hotels.
Why are you running for this office?
There are many reasons why I'm running for Mayor but one of the reasons is that as a taxpayer I'm not seen a good return on my investment. Another reason is that Danbury lacks vision, innovation and a leader that is solely dedicated to Danbury.
Are you in favor of regionalizing more services in conjunction with other nearby communities? If so, which ones?
This is an option to release some stress in our overcrowded classrooms. As Mayor, I'd work with local leaders along with all the stakeholders of our board of education to address these options. Regionalization might work on some areas but not in all areas.
Should your school district get the same amount of education funding from the state if your district's enrollment is dropping?
Yes we should receive the same amount of funding so that we can provide quality education to our diversity community.
What's one thing most people don't know about you?
That I'm hardworking, dedicated, visionary, innovated and a person that has not forgotten where I came from. My focus is to provide leadership and dedicated service to ALL in Danbury