Here's Brian's letter:
Ben Blake is the obvious choice for mayor. I am a lifelong Republican who believes in Milford's long tradition of voting across party lines for the best candidate — and Blake is exactly that.
Over his last eight years on the Board of Alderman, Blake has gained the crucial experience necessary for the job. He has crafted lean budgets while defending our city’s priorities. In fact, it was under his leadership as Aldermanic Chair in 2009 that the Board cut city-side spending and enacted a tax cut. What Republican could not applaud that?
In these challenging economic times, it is important to have a fiscally adept leader at the helm. The city has resorted to long term borrowing to pay for short term expenses (disturbingly, Milford has spent $20 million each of the last two years bonding). This is not monopoly money — we are going to have to pay it back, with interest. Blake has stood as a strong voice in opposition to such irresponsible mortgaging of our city's future.
With all of the excellent potential Republican candidates, I find it strange that the Republican Town Committee nominated Mr. Joy to run. He seems like a good person from a great family but there is no escaping the fact that he has not even completed a single term of public service. And in that short time, he has already voted to increase spending and taxes.
I urge everyone — Republicans, Democrats, and Independents — to act in Milford's best interests and elect Blake mayor.