Daniel R. Gentile, Incumbent Republican Running for Council.
1. When did you decide to become involved in local government? What other offices have you held?
I’ve been in local government from the minute my daughter went into kindergarten, over 28 years ago, when I started with the PTAs. Other offices I’ve held include the Cable Advisory Board, Plymouth Center PTA, PTA Council, the Board of Ed, and numerous other boards and commissions. When I was on the PTA Council and the Board of Ed I went to CABE [Connecticut Association of Boards of Education] meetings. This is my first term on the Town Council.
2. Do you like the direction Plymouth is going in or is there something you want to change?
I think we’re doing well. We’re definitely changing the Streetscape of the town, making it look better. The only thing is, and I’ve been saying this for years, we have to come up with a plan to share services with other towns in order to save tax dollars.
3. What would you say are some of your biggest accomplishments during your time on the council?/What do you think are some of your most useful skills or experiences to bring to the council?
Approving the Charter Revision Commission’s proposal for everyone on the council to serve at large. I feel that made it easier for people to vote.
Mainly, my love for parliamentary procedure, I’m like a fanatic with that and I’m on top of it and the Town Charter. I want to be factual and I want everyone that comes to the podium to be factual. That’s my biggest pet peeve and why I got on the council. There are so many people misleading the public with information that’s not factual.
4. What are some of your goals for Plymouth?
My main goal, if I’m elected back in, is we have to share services with other towns to reduce taxes. Right now we could literally take all the high school students from Thomaston and put them in our high school, that would be a savings for both towns.
5. What would you say are the biggest challenges Plymouth faces?
People want their taxes lowered but when you bring forward ways to do that they say “oh no, that’s gonna take this or that away.” My duty is explain how to make it better for everyone if we do these things.”
6. What are Plymouth’s greatest strengths?
Our volunteerism. It just blows my mind the personal time that people will take to be on boards, commissions, and the volunteer fire department. I would give a high grade on volunteerism for the town.
7. What do you like about serving on the council?
I feel that we’re getting things accomplished. The first year is for learning but now I’ve got more experience, I’ve got management skills, and that helps me.
8. What would you say to encourage people to support you?
I’m a pretty straightforward person and I’ll dig hard for the truth, so you can count on me to be an advocate for you. I don’t even accept the $1,000 annual compensation for serving on the council. Last year I donated it to Human Services and this year I’m going to donate it to Human Services or Parks and Rec.