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
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.