Today is an election day in Manchester. Those who choose to have a say in their local government have an opportunity today to select candidates to move along to the next, and final, voting in November.
There will be more competitive races in that general election. Today, voters should make sure that Alderman-at-Large Joe Kelly Levasseur advances. We have disagreed with him on some issues but Levasseur is unquestionably one of the most passionate and concerned public representatives.
He is also one of the few fiscal watchdogs at City Hall these days. Vote for Joe.
Ward 7 incumbent school board member Ross Terrio is stepping up to run for alderman in his ward. He has been tireless on the school board and would be the same as an alderman.
Terrio is the only Ward 7 candidate to make it clear that he supports the city tax and spending cap. He is also clear-eyed about the problems facing the city. Taxpayers could use him at City Hall.
While some candidates were up front in saying they would ignore the tax cap, others tried to dance around the issue in our survey. (Results are at UnionLeader.com.)
Incumbent Ward 11 Alderman Normand Gamache says he is “in support of our city’s tax cap as currently written.”
Translation: He is for it until Mayor Joyce Craig presents a budget that shatters the cap. Then, loyal Gamache falls in line to override the cap.
Ward 11 voters should instead vote for Russ Ouellette, whose answer to the tax cap question was priceless.
“Are you even kidding me with this question?” he wrote. “Every two years all the candidates get asked this same question, and every two years you get all the same answers, that they support and respect the tax cap. The funny thing is that these are the same people that vote to override the tax cap every year.”
Ouellette came close to winning last time.
Ward 11 should make sure he gets that chance today.