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As we approach the 2019 municipal election, our choices come into sharp focus.
Our Democratic mayoral candidate, Karen Pagliaro, is now serving as a member of the Town Council and prior to that, she served seven years on the Conservation Commission. Her platform emphasizes education and infrastructure, and on taxes, her motto is: “Just Be Responsible.”
As mayor, Karen will aggressively initiate contact with businesses that might be interested in moving to or expanding in Berlin. She proposes to create a Mayor’s Ad Hoc Business Council comprised of the mayor and executives of the many corporations in Berlin to help identify such companies. She feels that this is a “missing link” that will provide leads for the Economic Development Commission and our EDC director, and bring in more businesses — and an increased tax base.
Marketing is a tool best used when it is fully supported by the highest levels. Karen will bring that support to the process rather than waiting for it to appear at the doorstep.
Karen has supported the recommendations of the Board of Finance to adequately fund the Board of Education and seeks to reinstate critical positions cut by the current administration.
On infrastructure, she believes it is time to “stop neglecting public safety, roads and schools.” She favors continuing to plan for an adequate police facility and a community/senior center along with increased services for seniors.
Thanks to the transportation programs begun in 2014, the continuing work of making Berlin a transportation hub is something Karen fully supports.
In this and all other areas, she believes in the importance of working together for the betterment of the town: “We need to put people, not politics, first and work toward improving relations on every level.”
Karen has shown herself to be highly-respected, articulate, hard-working, productive and committed. As our next mayor, she will work to improve the lives of every resident.
She is the clear choice for Berlin. Vote Karen Pagliaro and the entire Democratic team on Nov. 5.
Kristin Campanelli is chair of the Berlin Democractic Town Committee.