An Oswego resident has announced his candidacy for a seat on the village board in the April 2 election.
In a statement, Brian Thomas, a village resident for almost 12 years, said he is concerned with the direction of the current village board and administration.
Thomas said he is seeking election as a fiscally responsible person who will put the needs of village residents first.
He explained, “With almost $100 million of Oswego village taxpayer money already committed and or approved, this will come with yet another tax increase on the back(s) of the residents in the village, and I’m very worried that this is only the start and will only get worse if we keep electing the same people. Therefore, that is why I am running.”
He continued, “I ask the residents to join me in saying no to more tax increases! No to more “special projects” for a select few! I ask the residents to join me in electing a fiscally responsible board who will put a stop to this. The current board is for higher taxes and bigger government and I am just the opposite. I am for cutting taxes and a smaller government. I think you should be able to keep more of your own money and spend it the way you choose, instead of having elected officials tell us what they believe is our best way to spend the money you’ve earned.”
Voters will elect three candidates to four-year terms on the board in the election. The seats are currently held by Ryan Kauffman, Karin McCarthy-Lange and Joe West. Kauffman has announced his plans to seek re-election, while West will challenge incumbent Village President Gail Johnson for the village’s top elective position in the election.