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July 23, 2009
Gill's address to the GOP's town committee
Republican mayoral candidate John Gill's speech to the Republican Town Committee tonight:
First I would like to thank you for the nomination and the opportunity to speak with you this evening. I believe that we have presented an extremely strong slate of candidates for city council. It is apparent that each of the individuals running for city council are doing so because they believe that they can help make Bristol a better place. They are running for council for all the right reasons, and when you consistently do things for the right reasons, it becomes contagious and I believe we will have a very successful election in November.
My name is John Gill. I am a twenty-nine year old attorney. My mother works at Sheriden Woods here in Bristol and my father is a printer in Hartford who attended grammar school at St. Stan’s. Growing up, I spent a good amount of time in Bristol visiting family and friends or taking the occassional trip with Dad over to the old mall to pick up some tools or other gadgets at Sears.
I attended college in Washington, D.C., law school in Boston, and when it came time to find a place to put down roots, I recalled my earlier experiences in Bristol and decided that this is the place where I would like to settle and raise a family.
I’ve spent the last few years living in Bristol, paying attention to the public discourse, but regrettably did not participate because I was focused on establishing my career. As I listened to what the people around the city were saying, I noticed that the same voices kept popping up, with the same opinions and causing the same conflicts. Over the course of the past few weeks, it became too hard for me to stand on the sidelines any longer. I believe it is time for Bristol to be presented with a new voice, a new vision and a new direction.
My philosophy on governing is simple: keep property taxes low, provide targeted and responsible incentives to businesses to increase our job base and grow our economy, and to ensure that all improvement projects are done an efficient and fiscally responsible manner - to completion.
I believe that an informed and active citizenry is vital to the health of any municipality. I know how difficult it can be to participate in the discussion. The forty hour work week is quickly becoming a thing of the past, and we’ve long since seen the end of the single income household. Times are tough and people are struggling to stay afloat.
This is why I feel that the best government is a transparent and accountable government. As Mayor I would implement the use of new technologies to effectively and efficiently communicate with the residents of Bristol. Imagine being able to pick up your mobile device or sign on to your computer and receive instantaneous alerts to traffic detours, road construction, or other events of importance to Bristol. Imagine receiving an email from the Mayor at the end of each week detailing the past week’s events and highlighting the week ahead.
It can happen, and it will happen if I am elected Mayor. The best part about the use of this new technology is it’s free.
I understand the road ahead will be tough. I understand that we have lots of hard work and many long days ahead of us. I need to know if you are willing to stand with me. Will you stand with me and this incredible slate of candidates for city council?
Will you stand with me against the entrenched voices and politics of old and declare that it is time for a new name, a new voice and a new direction for Bristol?
I look forward to working with all of you.
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