Name: Patrick Ryan Carleton
Occupation: Grant Writer
Political party: Democrat
Running for: Town Council
Why are you running?
Monroe needs effective, bi-partisan leadership. As a member of the Monroe Town Council I will interact and communicate with my constituents, the First Selectman and other Council members regardless of party affiliationin order to make appropriate decisions aimed at preserving Monroe’s character and movingour community forward while promoting fiscal responsibility.
My main objective is to work together and find common ground to better the Town for the residents who live and work here.
What are the three biggest issues facing Monroe?
- Lack of Fiscal Responsibility/Oversight
- Deteriorating Infrastructure
- Economic Development
What can the (the Board of Office you’re running for) do to keep the town in the right direction?
In order to move Monroe in the right direction we must interact with the community to address our resident’s questions and concerns. As a member of Monroe’s legislative body I would be that voice for all of our residents. Quality leadership starts with the people and if elected I would urge all residents to communicate with me as needed in order to address their needs.
Also, the Town Council plays a vital role in developing and adopting the Town’s annual budget. In order to better position the town, Monroe MUST look towards a way to alleviate the burden our taxpayers face.
I will collaborate with my colleagues during the budgetary season to provide an honest and straightforward budget that reflects the town’s needs.
I will also look for ways to expand our tax base and seek out any additional funding sources that may be available to our community.
What skills and attributes make you a good fit for the Town Council?
The combination of my education and professional experience has allowed me to familiarize myself with municipal government, giving me background in many different fields.
In addition, I have been an active member in the community, which includes my current position as Chairman of the Board of Ethics. I have attended numerous town council meetings, public hearings and budget workshops that have provided me a firm understanding of the issues that Monroe is facing.