Libertarian Bill Russell has rounded up a team to take over the Norwich, Connecticut city council this November in the general election. Russell has had it with the present regime after seeing his property taxes double over five years, saw the small town buy an unnecessary $274,000 armored vehicle and having the town operate a golf course and ice rink which lose money at taxpayer's expense. In an interview this morning, Russell said, "I am looking to liberate Norwich from the current city council which is overspending like crazy. You need a majority on council to get things done, and three plus me is a majority." Russell has had enough and didn't see anyone else stepping up to stop the insanity and looks forward to the day where the current city manager is removed from his office.
Russell is a U.S. Navy veteran and the only military veteran running for the mayoral slot up against Democrat Deberey Hinchey and Republican incumbent Peter Nystrom. Last Thursday at an Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors’ legislative breakfast, Russell pointed out the fact that both his opponents supported an effort to spend $33 million on a new police station which the public soundly voted down. Aligned with Norwich voters, Russell was against the $33 million tax hike.
Others running for the city council in this quest to reform Norwich is Cyndia Shook, Michael Holman, Chandler Alfred, Jr., Axel Rodriguez and Julie Gorham.
The group has a three point plan to get Norwich on the right track.
- Revise the city's charter. The group wants to change the charter of the city in order for the mayor to be more accountable than the current mayor is now.
- Balancing the city's budget. The group will seek to end the parking commission while trimming costs and relying more on the free market.
- Generate revenue. The new city council will work to reduce property taxes and sell unused city-owned property in order to attract businesses and new residents to the city.
There is also the issue brewing regarding the fight between the city council and the food vendors at Yantic. While the current city council is working against the free market, today Bill Russell said of the food vendor situation, "I am 100% for the free market. Let private industry do what it does best and get the government out of it."
Team Russell looks for this to landmark a future for Libertarians to be elected on city councils and other local races. Once the public sees they have a true choice of legitimate alternatives to the two older parties, then Russell and company could win and prove it can be done. It is also an opportunity for Norwich voters to lower their property taxes and have a more efficient running local government.