"Meet the Candidates" is a new feature on Southington Patch designed to help you get to know your local candidates before you take to the polls this November. Each profile was submitted directly by the candidate.
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Name: John N. Barry
Party, Position Seeking: Democrat, Southington Town Council
Family information: Lifelong Southington resident, married with two daughters.
Occupation: Legislative staff, State Capitol.
Political Experience: Town Council, Chairman 2005-2009.
Other Experience: Chairman of the Connecticut State Library Board; Rail-to-Trails subcommittee; former Vice Chairman Open Space Committee; member of Southington Library Long-Range Committee.
Why did you run for office?
To bring a common sense approach to governing.
If elected, what would be your primary areas of focus?
Southington Officials need to recognize that the economy is tough for many people. I will continue to seek cost saving measurers throughout government; keep town affordable for taxpayers; I will stop the give-away government that is evident in the present administration; maintain civil, respectful and honest meetings that work in a non-partisan manner.
What do you feel is the biggest issue facing Southington today?
Reckless government spending that rewards a select few. I will stop the give-away government policies.
What skills do you have that you could bring to the community?
As Chairman of the Council, I achieved a fiscal record that proved results were far more important than partisan political battles. As leader of the Council, Southington's savings account went from $6 million to $13 million - a record I am proud of. I will bring back a conservative and responsible management of the town's budget.