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Richard Reyes

Running for Alderman at Large

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Party: Democrat, WFP

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Age: 65

Marital Status: Married

Current Residence: New Britain

Current Job: Retired

Previous Job: Middle School Principal

Previous Job: Asst. Middle School Principal

Education: Master's In Educational Leadership

Why are you running for this office?
I am running for alderman at large because I want to make sure that the city assets are not sold off and to protect our environment.
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)?
Taxes. I would alleviate the burden of taxes by bringing in more businesses that would hire local people.
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?
Again, bringing in more jobs and training for local people to make them more employable.Incentivizing new manufacturing buisnesses so they can employ our residents.
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?
I do not believe in alleviating one tax burden for another tax. I believe in eliminating taxes not adding more financual burdens on a community strapped for money.
Are you in favor of regionalizing more services in conjunction with other nearby communities? If so, which ones?
Yes. Hospitals and affordable healthcare so everyone can receive the care they need.
Should your school district get the same amount of education funding from the state if your district's enrollment is dropping?
Yes, because as it is now we are under funded and always have been.
What's one thing most people don't know about you?
That I served in Vietnam at the age of 18.