Last night mayoral challenger Will Flanagan kicked off his campaign at the Water Street Cafe. According to the Herald News there was a turnout of over 150 people.
Wow, that seems pretty impressive for a kickoff for a candidate that has never before held office. What's his appeal? Oh, that's right he's not Bob!
There is no doubt in my mind, that as the only announced challenger to Mayor Correia, Will has benefited from the support of the 'Anyone but Bob' crowd. Big surprise. The truth is has anyone ever eroded their popularity quicker than Mayor Bob Correia?
But is that enough reason to enthusiastically stand behind Candidate Flanagan? It certainly isn't for me, that's why I was hoping to attend his kickoff and hear first hand his plans for our future. Unfortunately I was unable to attend but was disappointed when I read the write up in the Herald News.
Will didn't offer up anything exciting, or concrete, of substantive. Instead he threw out a wish list of stuff, (much of which we've heard before), without any specifics of HOW he would make it happen. Did the Herald somehow omit those details?
Will says if elected he will repeal the storm water fee introduced by Mayor Correia. What he is not telling us is if he is simply going to raise water and sewer fees or if he plans on raising that revenue through some other source.
He's going to bring in new business and make sure our workforce is trained. How? What is he going to do that's different from previous mayors? How is he going to pay for this training?
Will says he is going to begin relocating Rt. 79 and work with state and federal officials on the Rt. 24 interchange. How? How would Flanagan begin moving Rt. 79? Where is that money going to come from? How much influence is Flanagan going to have with the Rt. 24 interchange, and really what expertise does he have that would aid in the design and construction?
Will says he would begin the process of decreasing the student to teacher ratio. Where is the funding going to come from for more teachers? Maybe his plan is to get rid of some of the students?
Will also says he would implement a '311 system' that I believe was first talked about by Representative David Sullivan. How much is this going to cost?
Lefty's View: Honestly, I'm disappointed. Maybe there's more detail here than what the Herald reported. I hope so. I imagine that there are going to be a few more hats tossed into the ring and if Flanagan wants to compete he needs to get the specifics of how he is going to get things done out there.