Remie Ferreira, Democrat Running for Town Council.
1. When did you decide to become involved in local government and what other offices have you held?
I have always been involved in the community and/or local government since our family moved to Plymouth in 1990, starting with our children’s school PTAs and sports teams. I started attending town meetings and soon won a seat on the Board of Education. I was part of the School Partnership Committee with Thomaston and later was involved in building our new high school. I was involved on many committees, subcommittees, and panels during my tenure on the BOE.
Later, I served a two-year term on the Town Council, during Mayor Vin Festa’s term. I was involved with many town-wide decisions to improve our community.
2. Do you like the direction Plymouth is going in or is there something you want to change?
I would say a bit of both. As a Terryville resident, I have been pleased to see improvement in the blight situation on Main Street. I would work to ensure that progress continues in that area.
Two areas that I would like to see progress in and work toward, would be on programs/ideas to bring businesses into town. Our town has great potential. We as elected officials need to remember the community that we serve. We need to make our community work, while staying within the financial constraints of our residents.
3. What do you think are some of your most useful skills or experiences to bring to the council?
The most useful skills that I would bring are my people skills and ability to listen. With my 25-plus years of experience in the service industry as a manager of many reports, I feel I have the ability to listen to others’ ideas and use them to reach the results desired. People are what make up our community and they need to stay number one in our decision-making.
4. What are some of your goals for Plymouth?
- Always strive to keep taxes down and manageable for the average resident in our community.
- Foster a business friendly environment in town.
- Continue to improve our Main Street image and give incentives/recognition for blight reduction.
- Provide activities and events in Plymouth/Terryville designed to foster community pride and unity.
5. What would you say are the biggest challenges Plymouth faces?
Our biggest challenge I believe is not so much physical but mental, a challenge in the way we as a town think about our future and where we see ourselves in the 21st Century. We need to not stay stuck in the 20th Century but rather push forward with new ideas and technology. We are no longer a factory town, those days have passed. We need to first change the way we as residents view our community and then those around us will also see us as we realize our potential. Change is hard, but if we stay the course we will see the fruits of our labor.
6. What are Plymouth’s greatest strengths?
Plymouth/Terryville’s strength has always been its people. Plymouth/Terryville’s heritage has always had its foundation in our hard working middle class roots. Those who went before us truly believed that they could make a difference, that if they worked hard enough they could make their community great. We need to believe that again. Together we can make our community a community to be modeled.
7. What would you say to encourage people to support you?
I love our town.
We have many things to be proud of as a community.
I am a registered Independent, with no allegiance to any one party, only to the residents of our community.
I am a hard worker and if elected will work diligently to better the quality of our community.