The Roundup has once again sent questionnaires to every local candidate running for public office in this year’s election. In an effort to properly inform voters, their answers are unedited. The goal is to give the candidates the opportunity to offer their thoughts on issues directly to their constitutes. In return, it gives voters the opportunity to formulate their own decisions on what their candidates’ have to say.
Name: Vince Lambri
Candidate For: Burlington Board of Finance
Occupation: Financial Services and Educator
Member of the Burlington Economic Development Committee.
Participated in Burlington Tavern Day.
Member of the Burlington Democratic Town Committee.
Assisted Paul Honig (D) for his Connecticut State representative campaign.
Assisted with the National Popular Vote campaign.
What motivates you to run for office? Name three priorities and how you would achieve them.
I am motivated to run for office to ensure that Burlington remains a beautiful town and that it’s municipal government works for the benefit of all the town’s residents. To achieve this I would:
- Ensure that all Burlington taxpayer dollars be spent wisely and carefully so as to benefit all of Burlington’s residents.
- Ensure that our school system is fully funded to maintain our town’s excellent educational reputation.
- Promote sensible tax policies to keep Burlington an affordable place to live.
Political discourse on the federal level is increasingly partisan and divisive. What skills and abilities do you have to build collaboration with legislators who have different points of views?
The partisan federal discourse has resulted in very little beneficial legislation. Compromise and respect for all views are essential for effective government. I am a careful listener, I respect different views than my own and I prioritize “getting the job done” over getting the job done “my way”.
Provide some examples when you’ve worked with others of opposing views to achieve a compromise.
As Executive Budget Director for the Gaylord Wellness Center I had the responsibility of managing and formulating budget compromises with many different departments that often had conflicting priorities.
How can you balance city growth with sustainability?
I believe that in Burlington, careful and thoughtful analysis is required to balance the growth of small businesses with the desire to maintain the town’s rural and environmental beauty.
What can be done to improve public safety?
I believe public safety can be improved by ensuring our roads and infrastructure are well-maintained. Additionally, better lighting (when affordable) will help decrease accidents and deter crime.
How will you address the city’s homelessness issue?
In Burlington, homelessness is not a problem, However, I believe that providing the homeless with temporary shelter and needed medical care will help them become more self-sustainable.
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