First Selectman Edward Haberek Jr., announced his re-election campaign Tuesday evening during the Stonington Democratic Town Committee meeting.
“It has been a great honor and a privilege to serve the residents of Stonington,” said Haberek in a prepared statement. “I am proud of the work we have accomplished and I look to continue our work to be accomplished.”
Those accomplishments, Haberek said, include rebuilding sections of town following the , recruiting several companies to do business in Stonington, capturing $2.3 million in federal stimulus money and visiting and developing relationships with a number of international cities.
“I am also proud of the virtually no-increase town budgets for the last three years, which have been consistently approved on the first referendum, resulting in Stonington having the lowest mill rate in southeastern Connecticut,” Haberek said.
The first selectman said he decided to make the announcement during the meeting instead of holding a rally, because he didn’t want to take time and attention away from the budget process and dealing with how that is going to effect municipalities depending on the outcome of Thursday’s .
“Due to the difficult budget process ahead for the state and our town, I didn’t want to take a moment away from the critical work we have ahead,” Haberek said.
Budget concerns will likely be a focus of the campaign and Haberek and also of the initiatives Haberek wants to accomplish if re-elected. He wants to enhance tax relief for seniors continue infrastructure projects such as road, sidewalk and drainage improvements and continue to focus on the town’s .
"Under my proactive leadership, I will continue to support a strong community, strong businesses and a strong environment, creating a strong Stonington," Haberek said.
Both the Stonington Democratic Town Committee and Stonington Republican Town Committee must hold their caucuses by July 26, 2011. Primaries if necessary will be held on September 13 and a general election on November 8.
“The opportunity to make changes and address residents’ concerns, such as the streetscape project, economic development work and various other concerns,” Haberek said. “I enjoy it.”