Former Watertown City Councilman Mike Danforth has announced his candidacy for the Watertown City Council At-Large Seat. Danforth says he is seeking the seat to help with the transition to the city manager form of Government, something he has long supported and is looking forward to……
Danforth says the city is currently lacking consistency with its planning......
With the new city manage position Danforth says he hopes the council will have more time to focus on that planning…..
Danforth is no stranger to public service. He served 3 years on the Watertown Municipal Utilities Board, 9 years on the Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission and 8 Years on the Watertown City Council.
Danforth says he understands the responsibility that comes with being an elected official: being responsible with tax dollars, working diligently to find an effective balance between wants and needs and doing what is right, even when it’s not popular.
The City of Watertown election will be held on June 15th.
Mike Danforth Statement:
Today I am announcing my candidacy for the Watertown City Council At-Large seat. I am seeking this seat at a very important time in our city’s history, as we enter into the new City Manager form of government. I have long been in favor of this form of government for our community, and am excited to see our community move in this direction.
Transitioning to the City Manager form of government will not be without its issues as we look to redefine the roles and responsibilities of both our city employees and our elected officials. It is vitally important that clear lines of responsibility and authority be defined and adhered to, and that all have the city’s best interests in mind. This will be a change for our community members as well, but I am confident this change will ultimately provide a higher level and more consistent quality of service to the community. It will also afford our elected officials the needed time to better plan for our future: something that has been needed for a long time.
I understand the responsibility that comes with being an elected official: being responsible with our tax dollars, working diligently to find an effective balance between our wants and our needs, and doing what is right, even when it is not popular.
In addition to my years in business management, I feel my years of public service within our community (3 years on the Municipal Utilities Board, 9 years on the Board of Adjustments and Plan Commission, and 8 years on the city council), will enable me to immediately be a constructive and positive contributor to the new city council and government. I look forward to this opportunity.