LEWISBORO, N.Y. Though a registered Democrat, Rhea Mallett received the Republican Party endorsement and is part of the Team Lewisboro slate of candidates, which includes Supervisor Charles Duffy and Councilman John Pappalardo.
Mallett will also being seeking the Independence Party nomination in Tuesdays primary election. She shared her thoughts with The Daily Lewisboro about the upcoming election and her vision for the town.
What makes you the best candidate to represent the principals and spirit of the Independence Party?
Friends who know me well have asked why, as a lifelong Democrat, I am running on the Republican ticket. The simple answer is that I don't see how party affiliations are relevant on a local level. I love living in Lewisboro and support what the current administration has been accomplishing. I hope that speaks to independent voters.
What is the No. 1 challenge that the Town of Lewisboro is facing right now?
As a first-term supervisor, Charlie Duffy has made significant strides in putting the town finances back on track after a very difficult period. But staying on that course and getting our bond rating back to where it should be is not a given by any means. Everyone I interact with on a regular basis, friends and acquaintances, cherishes Lewisboro's rural charm and stunning natural environment, and they are all very committed to our schools. But none of this is sustainable unless we continue on our current path to financial recovery.
What skill sets do you bring to the table that will help you face that challenge?
Throughout my work experience in government and non-profit agencies, I successfully developed and implemented various policy initiatives. I did this by effectively building coalitions and reaching across party lines to get things done.
Can Lewisboros fiscal problems be remedied without raising taxes?
It is premature to make concrete assertions about certain costs and revenues. However, as a town board member, I would look at all of the options and explore every possibility for efficiency and cost cutting before agreeing to even the most modest of tax increases. I am intent on researching new revenue streams and encouraging public-private initiatives.
What is the town of Lewisboros biggest asset and why do think so?
It is the community. And what I mean by that is our incredible natural resources - the beauty and open spaces that surround us - and the families and people that make up our town. Shortly after moving here from New York City I was struck by the strong sense of community in Lewisboro and my husband and I are so appreciative to be a part of it.
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