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Three for Manchester: Stewart, O'Sullivan, and Mathieu

September 12. 2017 12:35AM

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, the people of Manchester can vote to give themselves better choices.

The city’s primary election will send the top two candidates in contested wards on to the general election in November.

In Ward 1, Chris Stewart offers new energy and ideas, and earns our endorsement.

Incumbent Kevin Cavanaugh offers only the Democratic party line, consistently voting to bust the city’s tax cap, and leaving homeowners with the bill.

Stewart previously served two terms on the school board. He’s a political moderate, willing to work with both sides, but committed to sound fiscal management. He wants to shake up the city’s outdated, and expensive, salary formula.

In Ward 2, incumbent Ron Ludwig is not running. Robert O’Sullivan is our choice in the crowded field of candidates running to replace him.

Having been a successful business owner, O’Sullivan knows the burden of high property taxes, and will work to keep the city under the tax cap.

In Ward 4, big-spending Alderman Chris Herbert wants a city program to get elderly residents facing rising property taxes out of their homes.

Steve Mathieu has a better idea. He would rather keep those taxes low enough for homeowners to stay in their homes. Mathieu would provide a key vote for fiscal sanity on the board of aldermen.

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