Charles Dickens began a Tale of Two Cities with the line: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”
I think that is apropos for our tale of two cities here in Redding. On one side, we have a Redding that responded to the rush of development by establishing a planning commission, protecting our water resources and acquiring open space. Public and private efforts led the preservation of more than 33% of Redding as ‘forever green,’ maintaining a country atmosphere in the midst of increasingly urban Fairfield Country. As First Selectman, I would ensure this vision is retained and strengthened. Our rural beauty is at the heart of what attracted many of us to Redding and is at the core of what we offer as a town.
Georgetown is another part of the Redding story. The award-winning plan for creating a village center out of the old wire mill has stalled. In July, after failing to negotiate a path forward with owners and creditors, the town filed for foreclosure. To bring this project to fruition — one that includes affordable housing, office and retail space, as well as facilities for arts, recreation, and open space — strong leadership and negotiation skills are needed. I have helped save companies more than $1 billion through contract negotiations and managed a country-wide transition for NATO in Afghanistan.
With education and experience in engineering, finance, and the law, I can turn this chapter of the Georgetown story into the ‘best of times.’