October 27, 2011

Richard Dodge: Republican 'the only true fiscal conservative'

He's pro-business and believes in efficiency and less regulation, so voters are on his side, he says.

By Jason Singer jsinger@pressherald.com
Assistant City Editor / Online

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TOP PRIORITIES

Actively recruit out-of-town businesses to bring jobs here

Evaluate each city department and root out inefficiencies

Promote volunteerism

Cut down on spending for social services

"There has to be limits," he said. "The only way other cities will start providing those services is if we stop doing it for all their people. We don't have the money to be all things to everybody."

As mayor, Dodge said, he would encourage and foster more volunteerism to replace the need for taxpayer dollars. He was a volunteer teacher at the West School, teaching English as a second language, and still volunteers with the United Bikers of Maine, he said.

Dodge would like to encourage large-budget nonprofits, which are exempt from taxes, to pay service fees to help with the city's upkeep. "We need to stop running the city like a charity and start running it like a business," he said, a line he has repeated often through the campaign.

Sam Minervino, one of Dodge's biggest supporters and the owner of Samuel's Bar and Grill on Forest Avenue, said the 2010 elections showed that Mainers want change and will elect Republicans.

"People would like to see some differences in the way things are run and see people in office with different ideas," Minervino said. "How much support does he have out there? I don't know. But I think he has the skills and mindset the city needs."

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