Former Connecticut Libertarian Party Chair and three-time candidate for U.S. House Daniel Reale was interviewed for the Norwich Bulletin about his candidacy for first selectman in Plainfield. From the Oct. 27 article about the race (“Plainfield voters have plenty of choices for first selectman”):
The decision by Plainfield First Selectman Paul Sweet to not seek another term in office has led to the first real race for the town’s top municipal slot in years.
Soon after Sweet announced his decision earlier this year to retire, Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian Party hopefuls came forward to vie for the job.
Daniel Reale, 35, who ran in 2012, 2014, and 2016 to unseat U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, will be on the November ballot as [the] Libertarian Party’s candidate. Reale, a paralegal, is running on a platform of fiscal conservatism with a push for more government transparency and accountability.
“The state is retrenching and that free state money we’ve been used to is going away,” he said. “I would cut back on capital project spending — there’s not going to be new projects — and focus on maintaining the equipment we have.”
Reale said he’s prepared, if elected, to reduce the first selectman’s salary.
“We all have to share in the pain…. I would work to…keep [our police officers but] cut down on overtime. I’d also like to see some of the jobs those officers do, like traffic and construction control, be outsourced privately, which would save money.”
Reale will face two ballot-qualified opponents in the race, and another running as a write-in candidate. The election will be held on Tuesday, November 7.