BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Bridgeport mayoral candidate Enrique Torres says he will forgo his pay for the first year if he is elected.
In a policy video, Torres says, if elected, he would reallocate his salary toward creating 50 individual $2,500 small-business improvement grants to businesses throughout Bridgeport.
“In times of hardship, people must make sacrifices, and that’s what I’m prepared to do,” says Torres, a Republican city councilman. “Over the last eight years, middle-class households and businesses in Bridgeport have struggled with economic woes, and have to stretch every cent and make do with less.
"City government must do the same. That is why I will donate my first year salary as mayor of Bridgeport and use the money to create small business improvement grants. I call on all other mayoral candidates to follow my lead and do the same.”
Also in the video, Torres calls for tax reform on what he says are overassessed properties, cutting waste in city government and making sure corporate landowners pay their fair share of property taxes.
Torres is running against Democratic candidate Joe Ganim, a former mayor who served seven years in federal prison on corruption charges, as well as independent candidate Mary-Jane Foster and Charles Coviello of the New Movement Party. Current Mayor Bill Finch is not on the November ballot after losing last month's Democratic primary to Ganim.
To watch Torres' full video, click here .
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