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Dziekan: I’ll Work Full Time As Derby’s Next Mayor

by Rich Dziekan | GUEST COLUMN | Sep 20, 2017 12:23 pm

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Posted to: Derby, Derby Election 2017, Letters To The Editor

Derby taxpayers need a full-time Mayor to work on their behalf.

I have pledged that if I am elected mayor on November 7th, I will take the position seriously and work full-time at no extra cost to the taxpayers.

We currently have a mayor who runs her own dental practice. While the city charter lists the mayoral position as a part-time one, most people would agree that Derby has full-time problems that require a full-time team dedicated to finding real solutions. For four years, we have heard a lot about “plans” and very little about results. As a taxpayer in this town, I am beyond frustrated.

That is why I have decided to step up again and run for Mayor. I am retired from the Hamden Police Department and have the time necessary to devote to the people of Derby. Combine that with my passion for public service, a team of professionals behind me, and a propensity to get things done, and you have a recipe for success.

In addition to being a full-time mayor, I will ensure that we have a full-time grant writer/economic developer. Having an economic developer who holds another position in a neighboring town and can rarely be seen doing business in the city is flat out unacceptable.

Derby faces some unique challenges and has had very little success in finding solutions. I know that with maximum time and effort, my team and I will help the city achieve the economic prosperity it deserves. The citizens of Derby should no longer settle for anything less.

I am happy to see the positive trends in neighboring Ansonia and Shelton, because it gives me hope for the future of Derby.

When I see the influx of new buildings and businesses, I find myself wondering, “Why can’t that be us?” The truth is that it CAN and SHOULD be us. With the right leadership, we can move Derby in the right direction.

The writer is the Republican candidate for Derby mayor,

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