I don't know if we are "old rivals" as Mr. Smith and I have never run against each other. We have both served in local government about the same number of years.
Like most people who have kicked around a few years, I don't think either of us is as strident as we used to be or as wild and crazy. Mr. Smith is assertive in his support for alternative and green energy. He has also been very involved over the years in the Fairgrounds Arena as a hockey dad. On issues like water and sewer rates, we have stood together in advocacy of flatter rates and fairer rates to City customers. This year we both voted for a budget that reduced taxes and debt.
With two candidates who both have long records in office and many votes cast, I suspect there is ample evidence to judge us.
While there are those who see advantage in trying to advance their position or candidate by tearing someone else down, I don't see that being the tone of this race.
My opponent and I have known each other for years...We disagree sometimes, but don't look for this contest to be disagreeable.....In fact, at points over the years we may have voted for each other on occasion. I know I have..
NCPR News - Old rivals face off in Watertown mayor's race