Gardiner’s candidates for mayor clash on spending, development

October 16th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

Residents of Gardiner will have two very different candidates for mayor to choose from in November — an outspoken former city councilor who says the city is wasting money and the current mayor who says he’s excited for Gardiner’s future.

Mayor Thomas Harnett won an uncontested race two years ago, but this year George Trask, a former city councilor, is looking to win the mayorship by focusing on the city’s taxes, which are some of the highest in the county.

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Gardiner mayoral candidate Thomas Harnett says Gardiner is heading in the right direction.Gardiner mayoral candidate Thomas Harnett says Gardiner is heading in the right direction.

Gardiner mayoral candidate George Trask says the city spends too much money and doesn’t focus its economic development efforts in the right places.Gardiner mayoral candidate George Trask says the city spends too much money and doesn’t focus its economic development efforts in the right places.

Two significant differences between the candidates are their views on future development in the city and whether the city should be giving money to nonprofit organizations such as Gardiner Main Street and Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center.

However, the starkest contrast might be their approaches to the job.

The position of mayor in Gardiner is essentially to serve as a member and chairman of the City Council, so neither candidate could singlehandedly make any changes. But the mayor does set the tone for meetings and often serves as the face of the city at public

Article source: http://www.centralmaine.com/2014/10/13/gardiners-candidates-for-mayor-clash-on-spending-development/

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