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Q&A: Town Council Candidate Linda Davis

Republican Town Councilor Seeking Fourth Term

Note: Over the next two weeks the Ledyard Patch will run short profiles of all town candidates for council and board of education, along with their responses to three questions that we asked. Election Day is Nov. 8.

 

Name: Linda Davis
 
Age: 61
 
Hometown: Gales Ferry(Ledyard) CT
 
Party Affiliation: Republican
 
Current elected position: Town Council
 
Previous elected position(s): I have previously served four terms on the Ledyard Board of Education, one term as Chairman. I am running for my fourth term on the Ledyard Town Council.

Occupation: Broker Associate, RE/MAX Realty Group

Family: Husband, Earl, Son, Jeffrey

1. Why are you running for this office?

The current town council can boast of several accomplishments but there are a number of important issues that remain, which include reorganization of our land use department, better communication with our citizens, and the overall appearance of the town. I hope to contribute and continue efforts in those areas.

2. What do you believe is the greatest challenge Ledyard faces today, and what would you do to meet this challenge?

My career as a real estate broker has given me the opportunity to visit with Ledyard citizens on a daily basis and listen to what residents have as concerns about our community. Affordability is a major concern. Too many of our young people and senior citizens are unable to afford living in Ledyard. We need to become more creative with our resources, more effective in our communications and take an honest look at regionalization. Tough times mean that leaders need to make tough decisions.

3. How would you rate the performance of the current council overall, and what, if anything, would you do differently? 

3. The current council was effective in holding the line on taxes and can take credit for many accomplishments. I believe that this council had the talent to accomplish much more if we had a mayor who led by consensus building and had taken advantage of the wide range of experiences from councilors eager to contribute. The turmoil between the two branches of government must end. Without communication and trust between parties, neither will be able to claim the successes we owe the taxpayer.

Jami October 26, 2011 at 01:51 PM
Funny Linda, you site lack of communication between the Town Council and Mayor as a problem... yet, it is clear - if someone doesn't share your vision, you cut them off at the knees. There is a lot of talk around town about getting rid of the senior members of the TC and to get NEW people on the board with fresh ideas. Being a part of a council (or any group) means that you need to be able to hear both sides of an idea or argument. NOT walk away when you don't get your way, as the TC has a reputation for doing. I ask all residents to watch the Town Council meetings on TV... listen to the way the council members speak to the Mayor. Is this the same group of councilors that you want elected again? The Mayor has never been disrespectful or rude to the Town Council as the Town Council is to him; as a matter of fact his list of accomplishments far exceeds the Mayors of most other towns... Seems to me - Ledyard has a bigger problem with the current town council than they do the Mayor. The Mayor is getting things done in this town and it’s about time we had a Mayor that worked for the RESIDENTS and is not manipulated by the Council.
Mike Cherry November 04, 2011 at 01:20 PM
Linda Your insight and steadying hand have helped to improve Land Use departments over the last term. I look forward to working with you again next term and continuing the reorganization of the Land Use Departments and Commissions with John and your assistance. As always, you have my support - and yes - my vote.

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