FARMINGTON, CT – Republican CJ Thomas, 59, is running for President of Farmington City Council.
Occupation: Ray H Morris Co.
Alex – 32 year old wife.
Charlie – son
Chris – son
To live: President of the municipal council
Family in government: No
The biggest problem in town is ______, and I plan to do this about it:
Tax withholding. We just passed a referendum to build a new high school with the assumption that we will limit spending growth to a maximum of 3% per year. I have demonstrated the ability to achieve this in my current capacity as President of the City Council. We need to prioritize spending federal dollars coming to Farmington and Unionville while respecting the restrictions on that money.
Critical differences between me and my opponents:
I can only speak for myself. I have served our city for over 18 years. My relationships and long history with many service providers, key city staff and external stakeholders are essential to delivering effective services and results for the benefit of Farmington, and especially under unexpected circumstances. There is no learning curve.
Since 2020, I am the current president of our municipal council. Over the past two years with COVID-19, we’ve gone through wearing masks, social distancing, remote working, and implementing decrees, among other measures; in doing so, we have continued to provide top quality municipal services. We have also kept residents informed through letters, reverse 911 calls, emails, social media, and ongoing updates to our city’s website. In addition, the meteorological events demanded immediate action from the city.
While all of this was happening, we passed the referendum on building Farmington High School (FHS) (by a 2 to 1 margin), acquiring Parson’s corner (for $ 1,000, down from $ 2m). $ previously assessed by the state), and limited tax increases; we froze taxes in 2020, and because of taxpayer concerns and the unknown effects of COVID-19 on our economy.
Now we need to start building on FHS. It is up to Farmington City Council to ensure that we continue to take a prudent approach to our spending. Parson’s Corner will become a modified open space, requiring a new committee of community members to help with its design and execution. I worked with the state to acquire this property for Farmington because it is an important piece of land; its location serves as a gateway or entrance to our city.
I would like to see sidewalks on Farmington Avenue for the safety of our residents, children and visitors. It will also add a “walk” around town and help connect more of us to the trails safely. We are discussing the third bridge over the river again. This is both a public safety issue and a traffic issue that should benefit our region. With so much federal money going into infrastructure, and now is the time.
What would you want voters to know about you?
I worked to build consensus to move ideas forward. Indeed, since he became president in January 2020, only two votes of the city council have not been unanimous one of procedure and one of appointment. In addition, appointments over the past two years have made our boards and commissions more representative of the city’s current population.
I think all candidates for elected office this year are doing it for the right reasons. We would all like Farmington to continue to be a popular city for its excellent schools, low taxes and excellent municipal services.
I hope you will support me and vote for line B on November 2 and 2021.