|October 6th, 2011|
Desfosses for Ward 6: A real independent
Voters in Manchester’s Ward 6 have a chance to elect something unusual: an actual independent. He is Brian Desfosses, and he speaks with such common sense that he might just win despite running against a well-financed opponent.
Desfosses is a civil engineer for the state Department of Environmental Services. He inspects dams. He also owns three rental properties in Manchester and has run his own engineering consulting business. That makes him both an entrepreneur and public union member. The combination of those experiences gives him a unique perspective. By the way, he’s also an experienced public servant. He is chairman of the city’s zoning board, a position he relinquishes next spring.
Desfosses says he’s running to protect taxpayers. What from? A board of aldermen that has not always examined the city’s budget critically.
“I think there is a tendency for people to throw money at the problem and think that takes care of the problem,” he said in an interview. “I think government needs to figure out why there is a problem in the first place, then methodically go through and fix the problem.”
On taxes, he says “we should treat every dollar that we’re spending as if it’s somebody’s job or somebody’s grocery bill because that’s really what it is. We don’t have the luxury of wasting money anymore.”
Desfosses says that as a member of the State Employees Association he was “proud” to take a pay cut this year because it saved other people’s jobs and taxpayer money. He hopes to work with city unions to find ways to save money so more police officers and firefighters can be hired without raising taxes.
Such a sensible approach to city politics should earn him the vote in Ward 6.
- An editorial printed in the Manchester Union Leader, Oct 6, 2011.
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