Gerald (Jerry) Favreau

Gerald (Jerry) Favreau

Age: 69

Occupation: Functional engineering Designer at General Dynamics/Bath Iron Works

Times Record: Why are you running for office?

Gerald Favreau: I decided to run for re-election because I felt compelled to continue supporting the citizens of District 5 and the Town of Brunswick. I have worked hard to proudly represent my constituents in District 5 for the last 8 years and would love to continue as the District 5 Town Councilor.

Daniel Harris

Daniel Harris

We are facing numerous challenges such as the Budget constraints, Zoning Ordinance Re -rite, Brunswick Landing Re-Development, Cooks Corner Revitalization and Brunswick School Facilities Development, issues that I would love to help and assist in resolving.

TR: What are the top three issues you’ll have to deal with if elected?

GF: 1) Improve Business Climate: Keep and attract more businesses downtown, Cooks Corner and Brunswick Landing. Help implement the Maine Street/Outer Pleasant Street Master Plan

2) Public Safety: Continue to support the efforts of the Downtown/Pleasant Street Master Plan Implementation Committee to improve the downtown walk ability, pedestrian safety and traffic management in Brunswick.

3) Ensure Quality Education: I will work with and support the School Board to repair, upgrade or replace Jordan Acres School, Coffin School and the Junior High School in the coming future which I did as a member of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Building Committee Council Representative.

TR: What skills or strengths do you bring to office?

GF: The most important skill set to possess in being a Town Councilor for the Town of Brunswick is to have a love, passion and pride of this wonderful community. I have experienced for 8 years learning, working, debating, negotiating, deliberating, communicating, and agreeing/disagreeing with town managers, numerous councilors, town committee members/volunteers, consultants, designers, construction managers, town staff and most of all my constituents and citizens of the Town of Brunswick.

TR: Why should voters choose you?

GF: After being aware for so long about what was happening to the town, I decided to run for and won the election for the District 5 Council seat in 2006.

I have been on the receiving end for the last eight years, have responded to the needs, requests and complaints of my constituents and have informed them of the details of the issues surrounding this community, including things that were not reported in the media.

I plan to continue doing my due diligence, working to investigate both sides of the items coming before the Town Council and will listen to my constituents and fellow councilors prior the determination of my vote.

Age: 77

Occupation: Retired corporate vice president and general counsel

Times Record: Why are you running for office?

Daniel Harris: I’ve always had a drive to serve my community. I want to help Brunswick approach its potential as a great community for all our residents. As fine a community as Brunswick is, there is room for improvement, and I want to participate actively in making Brunswick even better.

TR: What are the top three issues you’ll have to deal with if elected?

DH: A) Before serious efforts can be made toward long range improvements in our education system, our public services, and our downtown, we must stabilize Brunswick’s finances, both in expenditures and property taxes. Our homeowners need confidence in the ability of the Town to provide quality services without annual tax increases.

B) We need to work to earn and strengthen the trust that our residents have in Town government. Too many feel that their Town doesn’t listen to them. A healthy community requires open communication back and forth between the residents and their elected officials.

C) Improve economic development, including addressing the concerns of existing commerce and industry.

TR: What skills or strengths do you bring to office?

DH: Degrees in Civil Engineering and Law, 15 years service in local governments, most recently six years as vice-chair of Boothbay Selectboard, executive position in heavy industry, board membership Brunswick Development Corporation and Brunswick Downtown Association. Having this background and experience, I understand Brunswick? s problems and will actively and effectively address those problems.

TR: Why should voters choose you?

DH: With my background and experience I can develop constructive policies for Brunswick, and help the Town’s staff execute these policies. I examine, test, and question recommendations of Town staff and consultants. This might have avoided problems in our new firehouse, surprise cost overruns in relocation of Town offices, and costly repairs or replacement of schools and other public buildings. I measure a Town’s success, not by low cost, but by ef ficiency and effectiveness in delivery of quality services, including quality education. Brunswick should be governed to give greater value for our tax dollars, I know we can do better.


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