Christine A. Judd Democrat Running for Council.
1. When did you decide to become involved in local government and what other offices have you held?
I decided about a year ago to become more involved in my local government. I have not held any other local office but I was a member of my union’s executive board (UHP AFT Local 3837) for over 10 years. My last board position was that of vice president for communications. I currently am the vice president for the Terryville Fire Department’s Women's Auxiliary.
2. Do you like the direction Plymouth is going in or is there something you want to change?
I believe that there have been some major steps to make our town a place people want to move to and raise their families. I feel that we need to make our town more favorable for businesses to move to and stay.
3. What do you think are some of your most useful skills or experiences to bring to the council?
As a member of my union executive board I worked with very multi-million dollar budgets and organized large activities and community events. I think I have a wonderful skill of really being able to listen to people. I have a very fine attention to detail that allows me to analyze many situations with very little bias.
4. What are some of your goals for Plymouth?
I’d like to see some of the older properties such as the Main Street and Prospect Street schools be revitalized. A community center would be an amazing thing for our town and we could also really use a better place for our seniors to get together than a room in Town Hall.
5. What would you say are the biggest challenges Plymouth faces?
The same thing that all towns are facing: lack of funding. Budget cuts are everywhere and unfortunately staff and programs may now have to be curtailed before a new plan can be put in place which will have to find a way to push forward with even less support and personnel.
6. What are Plymouth’s greatest strengths?
Our town’s sense of community. There are some wonderful people who have been leading the charge of bringing our town together with events where political affiliation doesn't matter.
7. What would you say to encourage people to support you?
I think that it’s time for some change in our town. I can offer a new point of view and a fresh set of eyes. I’m a working class parent who grew up in Plymouth and now has a young child in our school district. It would be nice to have someone like me on our council that understands how to get things done working with fellow board members, the mayor, and the community together.