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Lawrence Says Campaign Was For Real

Either way, his run for mayor was a great experience that helped restore faith

Although much of the focus during this mayoral campaign was on three hopefuls – Mayor Fred B. Allyn Jr., Republican John Rodolico and Democrat Tony Saccone – there has been a fourth candiate, Rob Lawrence.

Lawrence is the Green party member who entered the race as a petitioning candidate – the steam-fitter, husband and father of three who ran such a distant fourth that he was all but forgotten by voters.

What was his campaign all about?

According to Lawrence, who lives on Village Drive, it was about nothing less than becoming Ledyard’s next mayor. And even on Tuesday he still was insisting he was in it to win. “I think I’m going to do great,” he said.

He finished with only 56 votes.

Still, Lawrence said the race gave him an opportunity to raise a couple of pet issues, which he happily reiterated in the final hours before the polls closed.

“I’ve been able to express my opinion on how we should deal with our electrical situation here, because I think we should become a public utility and start generating some of our own electricity,” he said.

And sewers.

“We need sewers up here if we’re going to have economic development,” he said repeating a campaign theme that failed to get much traction, but certainly made for a more interesting candidates’ debate.

“It’s been a learning experience for me,” he said. And in a very real way, he added, it helped restore his faith in both the political process and in his town.

“Every time I ever sniffed around politics it always smelled like rotten fish,” he said. “And this (campaign) didn’t. I think the civility and respectfulness went up a notch, and I liked that.”

But was he really expecting to win?

“Oh, absolutely,” he said. “I’m passionate about it.”

And his grin grew just a bit wider.

“I even made three signs. Didn’t you see them?" he asked.

After all, you can’t win if you don’t play.

“No matter what, it’s been great," he said. "I’ve had friends call and congratulate me for running, and wish me good luck. It’s just been a wonderful experience.”

Ralph November 10, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Courageous campaign. Great example to us all for pursuing one's interest. Hope this motivates others to get involved.
SteveDaggett November 10, 2011 at 02:26 PM
I thought he did a great job. His ideas have sparked some great debate as to why we do not have sewer or even the possibilities of our public utilities. Norwich and groton are great examples not only as to income produced by the utilities but the down time of power loss during storms. They rarely lose power and when they do it is not to long befor it is restored. Great job Rob it was an honest effort.
Fred Allyn III November 10, 2011 at 04:10 PM
While I agree with comments here that sewers are a huge asset to viable commercial development, unless the scope of the development is equally large, it's not economically feasible. Even a tertiary treatment system or packaged treatment facility is extremely expensive and requires the effluent to go somewhere (ie: lagoon, stream, river). That's before the DEP approvals.

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