BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Republican mayoral candidate Enrique Torres is describing his plans to address issues faced by “disenfranchised public housing residents and Bridgeport’s lower income citizens” in a In a Youtube video released in English and Spanish.
“The poor and struggling citizens of this city haven’t had a fair shake at the American dream,” Torres said. “This is because our people lack job opportunities. Worse, our city is riding on the backs of its citizens in the form of over-taxation.
“As a result, many have lost their homes due to tax foreclosures by the city’s voracious and inhumane tax collection policies. If elected, I will reform the way our city assesses and collects its taxes.”
Torres’ campaign said he intends to maintain state aid to low-income residents. Further, he will “lobby Hartford and Washington to amend welfare policy.”
Torres reminds his fellow residents, "I grew up in public housing. After Bullard Havens, I worked my way through a fifth year of high school and was fortunate enough to attend college. After graduating, I was able to start my own small business and provide employment opportunities to youths who, like me, needed a chance to experience hard work, responsibility, and the means to provide for themselves. I believe the best thing we can do for our city is to bring jobs back."
To demonstrate his commitment to job creation, if elected, Torres plans to kick off his prosperity pledge by forfeiting his first year salary as mayor. The mayor's first year salary will instead be redirected to create upwards of fifty $2,500 business grants for new and existing Bridgeport business owners.
Torres, a Republican, is running against Mary-Jane Foster, an independent; Democrat Joe Ganim, the city’s former mayor who served more than seven years in federal prison after he was convicted of bribery and racketeering charges; and several other independent candidates, including Charles Coviello, Tony Barr, Christopher Taylor and David Daniels.
Voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.
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