With Election Day just a little more than one week away, officials are gearing up in Hamden.
The mayor’s race is a rematch of a special election from just five months ago, and the candidates and the issues are the same.
In late May, Mayor Curt Leng and Bob Anthony faced off in a special election, and next week they will do it again.
"I'm looking forward to going nonstop for the next eight days, meeting with as many people as I can,” Leng, a democrat, said.
"You have to have the right people in place,” Anthony, a republican, said.
Leng beat Anthony in May’s special election, after Mayor Scott Jackson took a job in the Malloy administration.
When it comes to issues in Hamden, Anthony, a retired firefighter, and Leng, who previously served as Jackson’s chief administrative officer, both said taxes are at the top of the list.
"We need to do something about our spending and get our taxes under control. People are hurting and people need to understand,” Anthony said.
"We're working very hard over the next two years, getting us to the point of lowering taxes which we haven't heard in Hamden in over a decade,” Leng said.
There is also the topic of trying to improve the town’s relationship with Quinnipiac University, which has soured, specifically over the school’s handling of its off-campus housing for students.
"I have a couple of things I would like to see. Enforcement of the zoning ordinances, start there and move along with Quinnipiac to come to a resolve,” Anthony said.
"We're working on some ways that Quinnipiac can help us in only ways that they can. They can enforce their student handbook and student rules in ways that we have no authority. The cooperation is beginning and we've had some good conversations,” Leng said.
Copyright 2015 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.