Craig Curley Candidate for Fairfield Finance Council
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Democrat Craig curley, 54, is a candidate for the Fairfield finance board.
Occupation: General manager; Bank Of America Financing Renewable Energy
Family: Cathy (53), Clay (23), Connor (21)
To live: Chairman, Fairfield Golf Commission (2009 – 2014) Chairman, and H. Smith Richardson Building Committee (2018 – 2021)
Family in government: Cathy (spouse) is the vice-chair of the Democratic Town of Fairfield committee
The biggest problem in town is ______, and I plan to do this about it:
Accountability and transparency. With last year’s budget, the administration submitted a budget that reduced the education budget by around $ 2 million and increased the city’s budget by almost 6%. It’s the reverse for me. In addition, the six Republicans in the FRO voted to approve the cuts to the education budget and the large increase in the city’s budget. When FRO Democrats asked tough questions, the administration called it obstruction. I don’t see it as an obstruction. I consider this to be due diligence and doing their job. If you are elected, I will provide the same level of oversight to ensure accountability and deliver the best value for the Fairfield taxpayer – because every tax dollar is precious.
Critical differences between me and my opponents:
I believe it is FRO’s job to critically examine city budgets, challenge assumptions and ask the right questions. I have a proven track record of doing just that. If elected, I will make independent, non-partisan, data-driven decisions, regardless of the political affiliation of the administration in power.
As chairman of the H. Smith Richardson building committee, I successfully led the effort to design and rebuild a $ 7 million clubhouse and restaurant, and completed the project during COVID, roughly $ 150,000 under budget. As chairman of the Fairfield Golf Commission, I developed and implemented the 10-year improvement master plan, which has become the blueprint / model for other Fairfield commissions. In my professional life (over 30 years of experience in financial services), I work with multi-billion dollar budgets every day, so I know how to analyze detailed budgets and ask the right questions.
My wife Cathy and I moved to Fairfield 25 years ago, in large part because of the quality public education system. Our two boys are graduates of Jennings, Woods and Warde. Our education system is arguably Fairfield’s greatest asset, and it must be funded for the benefit of our children and to protect the value of our properties. I also believe that our amenities (parks, beaches, marina and golf courses) need an appropriate investment for the same reasons.
What would you want voters to know about you?
I have volunteered in our community of Fairfield for almost two decades. Both in business and serving my community, I have a long history of bipartisan collaboration and working to achieve consensus. I am committed to respectful debate, thoughtful consideration of all points of view, and creative problem solving to achieve desired results.