Election 2013: Bristol village president

Note: westofthei.com distributed questionnaires to candidates for local offices in the April 2 election. Each candidate for a given office was asked the same questions. We will present the answers in posts as they were submitted (spelling corrected when caught). — DH

Bristol Village President

Ruth Atwood, age 67. Previous political experience: About 10 years on the Bristol Board and several years on plan commission.

Mike Farrell, age 51.  Previous political experience: Incumbent Village President since 2011, Village of Bristol Trustee 2010, Bristol Planning Commission Member 2009-2010.

Why are you seeking the office of Bristol Village President?

Atwood: I’m very concerned about the direction Bristol will be going in the years to come. We need to keep our taxes at a minimum. I like what I do and I do it well.

Farrell: Bristol is an exceptional quality of life community and our residents value our rural character. Our primary goal as a Village Board every year is to minimize the tax burden on our residents and to assure that Village operations are managed as efficiently and effectively as possible. Although this is challenging, we have been successful the last five years in maintaining the tax levy with almost zero increase. In other words, we have created responsible budgets in a very difficult economic environment. The challenge going forward will be trying to maintain the existing tax levy because we can anticipate rising employment and insurance costs, operational expenses and capital equipment needs. As elected officials, we have a responsibility to provide balance. Our citizens are making substantial investments in our community and want to have a clean and safe place to live and raise a family. I take these responsibilities very seriously.

Why are you a better choice than the other candidate?

Atwood: I’m passionate about our village: 1.) Future growth. 2.) Our tax levy. 3.) Bringing more business into our village. 4.) Keeping Bristol a safe place to raise children. It takes good stewardship to lead. I’m listening to our citizens being in the office a part of each week day so they can call with their concerns and know I’ll be there to meet with them or return their phone call when it’s convenient for them. I’m here to serve them.

Farrell: When I ran successfully for this position two years ago, I promised to provide decisive leadership, sound judgment and accountability for my decisions. My voting record and my actions show that I have delivered on those promises. I’d also like to believe that my resume shows continuous growth in personal qualifications and career responsibility. I am seeking re-election to continue delivering on my promises and to advance the positive aspects of our community.


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