"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead
I have worked with and studied over 30,000 towns across the US, and in my experience, the strongest communities are those that encourage and value engaged citizens. What should have been a simple issue -- the installation of basic surveillance at our town's largest and most frequented park -- has sadly turned rancorous because First Selectman Kevin Moynihan has not given concerned citizens much reason to believe he hears them, respects their concerns, or values their input and efforts.
Promises are easier to make than keep, and civic trust is eroded when residents stop expecting leadership to actually lead. As First Selectman, I will establish a Public Safety Commission to coordinate comprehensive planning and implementation of safety measures across different parts of the government, streamlining a broad range of citizen-backed initiatives. Our First Selectman should be listening to residents, employees, and visitors on many topics, but perhaps none so crucial as public safety.