REDDING, Conn. – After serving for 12 years as an elected official in Redding, Democrat Julia Pemberton decided it was a good time for her to run for first selectman.
“It’s really about service to the town, that’s been something I was always very passionate about,” Pemberton said.
She faces Republican Chris Hocker in a fight to become the new first selectman in town after Natalie Ketcham decided not run for re-election.
One of the things that she learned while speaking with constituents and during her time as a member of the Board of Selectmen is that, if elected, she would like to focus on upgrading Redding’s roads.
The town has nearly 100 miles of road, Pemberton said, and there needs to be a long-term maintenance plan in place so that they can be taken care of in a minimal way.
“We have to reconstruct roads at a much higher cost, if we maintained them properly we wouldn’t have to borrow to fix them down the road,” she said.
The renovation of Georgetown is another issue Pemberton said she would emphasize if elected.
“Georgetown represents Redding’s best place to broaden our tax base and decrease the impact on the homeowner,” Pemberton said.
She also cited finding efficiencies in the town budget as another priority.
“Small government should run more like small business. We should look for new technologies to find efficiencies,” she said. For example, not printing out the Annual Report every year could save the town thousands, Pemberton said.
Pemberton cited her background in nonprofit and small business ownership as among the strongest reasons she is the best candidate for the position of first selectman.
“There is also a technology gap between me and my opponent,” she said. After Hurricane Irene, Pemberton was one of the drivers behind starting the Town of Redding Facebook page . She said that another of the things she would like to see happen is and upgrade to the town website.
Since moving to Redding 24 years ago, she has spent 12 of them working as an elected official in town, first on the Region 9 School Board and now as a member of the Board of Selectmen.
“It’s a town that I love and I want to do everything I possibly can to preserve everything we love about Redding,” Pemberton said. “While at the same time recognizing that time moves on and we do need to bring new ways.”
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