My name is Dennis Brady and on January 23, I filed to become a candidate for the office of Exeter Selectman.
I am running for Selectman because the current Board needs someone who has the experience to evaluate budgets, to understand complex engineering projects and has the business experience to seek the facts, listen to others and then apply common sense and good judgment to make the best decisions.
My platform is simple. There will be many requests come before the Board that will involve encumbering the Town to spend money or to make changes in its operation. My requirement for those who would seek my assenting vote is: to convince me of the need; to present alternatives/options; to show supporting evidence that the alternative selected is the proper one; and to present how its effectiveness will be measured. In a nutshell I would require accountability for spending taxpayers’ money.
We have the highest property tax rate of any of our surrounding communities. This is a deterrent to economic development, bringing new businesses to Exeter to broaden our tax base, hence lowering property taxes. It is driving families out of Exeter to live elsewhere and is also resulting in families losing their home due to non-payment of taxes due. Retired folks living on fixed incomes find it tougher and tougher to make ends meet spending far too high a percentage of their income on property taxes.
I have lived and worked in New Hampshire for twenty-five years and lived in Exeter for fourteen. I have managed entire manufacturing plants and know how to prepare and manage budgets, making the tough calls to maintain profitability and I have extensive project management experience. I have donated my time to organizations including Rotary and Habitat for Humanity and am currently giving back to the community as a member of the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels, as a GED math tutor at the county jail and as a volunteer at Exeter Hospital. I want to now offer my time, skills and experience to the Town to control spending and to seek more effective and efficient ways to conduct town business. I will listen to taxpayers and will seek the most informed and best solutions to the issues that come before the Board.