After a decade of service on Meriden’s City Council, Democrat Brian Daniels has announced he will not seek re-election in 2019. Daniels has already yielded the reins as council majority leader to David Lowell, in what he described to the Record-Journal as a “planned succession.”
Though some political opponents have viewed Daniels as a divisive figure, he has made significant contributions to the Silver City. Daniels says seeing those contributions come to fruition helped him make the decision to set his role as a city councilor aside. Those include the $200 million renovations of Platt and Maloney high schools, relocating residents of the Mills Memorial Apartment and, as Daniels put it “advancing flood control downtown to spur economic developments.”
A recent tour of the high schools by alumni and parents helped show what a success those renovation projects have been, and the Meriden Green is a jewel. This is not to say there haven’t been bumps in the road, but Daniels’ leadership is a major reasons these significant projects have been accomplished.
As for the bumps in the road, Daniels, who is a lawyer, put it this way: “The main challenges were the initial resistance to undertaking these projects because many thought these long-standing socioeconomic issues were too large and too complex to be successfully addressed and the relatively constant, but inaccurate, criticism of the minority parties without any constructive alternatives being proposed. Fortunately, we were able to assemble a dedicated, patient and hardworking group of stakeholders to see these projects to fruition.”
Daniels served as majority leader from 2011 to 2013, then as deputy majority leader from 2013 to 2015. Daniels took up the position of majority leader again in 2015.
“Brian has been an asset to the City Council, serving in several capacities, including majority leader – his service to the city will be missed,” said Mayor Kevin Scarpati.
Daniels deserves the praise. He’s worked hard to make Meriden a better place and, significantly, has shown that he knows when it’s time to pass on the baton of leadership. Meriden should be grateful for his service.