New Britain City Journal

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Mayoral Views – State Rep. Tim O’Brien (D)

The New Britain City Journal is asking candidates for Mayor questions every three weeks related to the City. It is our hope this will give residents time to understand their views and make a proper choice for mayor. The question posed to candidates this week was “Why Should Residents Vote for You?” The following candidates responded to our question.

Two years ago, as the Democratic Nominee for Mayor, the message that my campaign brought to our city rang strong with the people – a message of hope for what we can achieve together and a refreshing change from the old politics that has held New Britain back. The people responded with their votes, bringing us 164 votes away from achieving an upset win that few thought was possible.

This year, my campaign is in a great position to win real change in the Mayor’s office and bring new life to our great city.

I have worked hard over the years to improve things for the people of New Britain. In my five years on the City Council, I won approval of one of the first living wage ordinances in the state, strong anti-blight ordinances and greater democracy through district representation on the City Council. As a state legislator, I have fought for and won victories for working people, education, property tax relief and historic pro-democracy campaign finance reform.

As important and successful as my work as a state legislator is, there are many things holding our city back – like the need to improve kids’ education, create jobs and improve neighborhood quality of life – things that need action here at home. That is why I am running for Mayor.

The changes needed to bring a new future to New Britain are the same as I advocated two years ago.

  • Improving education opportunities for New Britain’s kids by accepting more of the interdistrict magnet school funding that the state provides to cities like ours and improving City Hall’s commitment to our local schools.
  • Lowering unfair property tax burdens on homeowners by requiring wealthy absentee slumlords and abandoned building owners to pay what they cost our city.
  • Improving neighborhood quality of life by strongly enforcing anti-blight laws to hold wealthy absentee slumlords and abandoned building owners accountable.
  • Creating good paying jobs by enforcing and strengthening our living wage ordinance, by rebuilding neighborhoods and by finally creating a good plan for New Britain’s economic future.

… And these changes are more important now than ever before.

That is why I am looking forward to working with all of the people of our city, as your Mayor, to bring a new beginning to New Britain!