Democrat Ike Eickenhorst is running for re-election to the Canton Board of Finance.
Central Connecticut State University
Own and operate Richard Wright Company, a personnel recruitment firm focusing on the Property and Casualty insurance industry.
Why are you seeking office?
I’ve always felt that people should be involved in their own
governance. This involvement might
be simply voting and attending an occasional town meeting or by serving in some
capacity. The classic local
government model in New England gives people an opportunity to be involved and
to help shape the decisions that affect them, their families and neighbors.
What experience do you bring to the table?
I have served on the Board of Finance since 1999. From 2003 until 2005 I served as
Chairman. While serving as
Chairman I initiated a model for long term financial planning. The continuation and evolution of this
project has allowed the Board of Finance to anticipate and respond to the
financial condition and needs of the town.
What do you feel is the most pressing issue?
In recent years all of the Boards within the town have been
fiscally responsible and have acted to reduce or limit spending. We are now at a point where reducing
spending may not be possible if we want to continue the level of services now
available. Canton needs to increase
the property tax base. While
keeping the town’s character in mind we need to encourage and support the
development of the Axe Factory. We
should also seek to maximize the potential property values on commercial sites
through enactment of zoning regulations that encourage a greater variety of
mixed uses on a given site.
What do you love most about this town?
Whether you call it a sense of community or of belonging, people in Canton have it. Residents have a strong town identity and an interest in what is happening in Canton. There are frequent examples of people helping neighbors throughout any given year.
What do you do for fun?
Traveling with my family is a great time and activity. When at home, projects in the yard and time spent with friends are always fun.
How can residents keep up with you?
I can be reached at email@example.com