Greg Westbrook receives another exciting endorsement!

Our view: Westbrook has earned your vote

Greg Westbrook

By mpnnow.com
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at 10:21 AM

Even amid a contested election, there are several concepts residents of the town of Canandaigua can agree upon.

For instance, the importance of government transparency. Without an open dialogue between our elected leaders and the constituents they represent, sustainable progress is difficult to achieve, impossible to measure.

Without a predictable tax rate that balances stewardship with restraint, residents and families cannot thrive and, in turn, contribute fully toward their town's advancement.

And without proactive efforts to safeguard our natural resources - particularly Canandaigua Lake - not only would present and future livelihoods suffer, but the very magic that draws us here would be forever diminished.

These are important concepts to weigh as voters Tuesday head to the polls to elect a new town supervisor - either the current incumbent and successful businessman, Greg Westbrook, or the former longtime supervisor, public servant and affable farmer, Sam Casella.

Both men bring strong credentials to the ballot - Westbrook a strong vision for efficient, responsive government; Casella a commitment to protecting the ideals that have made his lifelong home so special.

But voters also need to ask whether the direction of their current government is pointed toward enforcing the concepts idealized earlier or toward eroding them. That the town of Canandaigua has prioritized resident engagement, with its Citizens Implementation Committee of 60-plus community volunteers; and fiscal responsibility, with a lower tax rate in 2017 and flat rate in '18; and environmental preservation, by encouraging conservation efforts and water quality projects, is proof the town is pointed toward the best future path.

And for this reason, we encourage you to elect the current supervisor, the man setting the tone for town progress - Greg Westbrook.

Both Westbrook and Casella addressed the Daily Messenger Editorial Board in advance of our endorsement, with videos of both appearances appearing on our Facebook page.

Whereas Casella spoke admiringly of past accomplishments during his two stints at the Canandaigua helm, we were most moved by Westbrook's vision and plan for Canandaigua's future - and his desire to empower residents in achieving tomorrow's successes.

Take, for instance, the town's Citizens Implementation Committee, which has been tasked with a host of wide-ranging activities, from enacting recommendations from the town comprehensive plan to preserving open space. In a day and age when organizations large and small are struggling to find volunteers, the town has more than 60 people working to make their community a better place to live, work and play. Credit to the volunteers, but town staff and elected officials - Westbrook, in particular - deserve kudos for creating an environment where people want to help, in droves.

Westbrook is focused on the future and has a realistic, regional approach to addressing potential concerns facing the town, including working to put in place agriculture protection programs and other methods of promoting economic development while maintaining the character that helps attract residents here in the first place.

The "One Canandaigua" concept of economic development, born from conversations with city officials in trying to find ways of sharing services to benefit taxpayers, brings home the reality that if the city of Canandaigua benefits from growth, the town does too, and vice versa.

Further, Westbrook has brought a businessman's approach to Town Hall, streamlining operations and introducing greater efficiencies to the operation - most visibly highlighted by his and the Town Board's hiring of a town manager who holds a master's degree in public administration, a person capable of handling not only the day-to-day affairs of town government but also long-term planning.

Voters on Tuesday will be presented two solid candidates, both of whom would be capable supervisors. We urge you, though, to select the candidate who has pointed the town in the right direction and set it upon its current path toward future successes and improvements. Vote for Greg Westbrook.

Link to the story on www.mpnnow.com

Your 2017 Canandaigua Town Republican Candidates

The following are the list of Local and Town positions and the candidates that are up for the primary election this September or the general election this November.
  • Town Supervisor Candidate - Greg Westbrook
  • Ontario County District Attorney - James B. Ritts
  • Town Board Candidate - Terry Fennelly
  • Town Board Candidate - Gary Davis
  • Town Justice - Justice David W. Prull
  • Town Clerk - Jean Chrisman
  • Highway Superintendent - Jim Fletcher

Town of Canandaigua Republican Party Principles:

  • Support responsible, long term economic growth for Canandaigua
  • Control Taxes and spending, fostering Fiscal Responsibility
  • Promote quality of life for area residents and workers
  • Bring town residents back into Town government it's their Town!!
  • Return to the Constitutional framework our country was founded on.
  • Work to Protect Canandaigua Lake and its watershed.
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