Interview with Bel Air Town Commissioner candidate Ricky Davis:
As part of The Dagger’s coverage of the Town of Bel Air’s municipal election on Nov. 3, the following questions were presented to each candidate for town commissioner.
The five questions (bolded and boxed) were chosen to generate discussion on specific topics. The candidates’ answers have been included verbatim as received by email or reported following an interview.
1.) In short, who are you and why are you running for Bel Air Town Commissioner?
I am Richard (ricky) Davis 35 I live on courtland pl in Bel Air. I have two kids 9 and 8 Steven and Kevin and my wife of 10 years Kristine. I have lived in Bel Air my entire life I have been a member of Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company for 20 years. I work for Baltimore Gas and Electric where I am a lineman I have been there for 10 years. I served on the fourth of July committee as a rep from the fire department. I would like to be a town commissioner for a couple reasons the budget is the most important finding way to trim the budget that makes good business sense. Another reason that I am running is that Bel Air Police Department needs some upgrades to their building not 5 million dollars worth but some upgrades are long overdue. I believe that the reason that the 5 million dollar project to town hall was put on the back burner till the election is over to save a couple peoples position.
2.) The town budget has more than doubled this decade. How do you feel this has benefited the town, and how would you handle the budget as commissioner?
The budget is a problem I don’t have the numbers in front of me but the two people that are on there now have seen the number double and have done nothing about it. I would spend the town of Bel Air money like it was our last dollar and we needed to save as much as possible.
3.) The commissioners recently voted to table plans to renovate the town hall. Do you support renovations, and how can the town manage costs and facility shortcomings?
I support renavevotions but not spending 5 million dollars I believe that we can make town hall look like the library and not spend the proposed amount. We need to sit down and figure out the budget most of Bel Air citizens are on a fixed income and don’t need their taxes to go up anymore. Stop the raising of taxes!!!!!!!!!!
4.) The town recently completed a renovation of Main Street. Do you feel this has benefited the community, and how should the town handle the logistical problems or improve the town economy in the future?
Main street looks great the project cost small business owners on main street a lot of money but the project looks great. We need to keep the business open on main street and fill the vacant buildings with some type of business. The first step is down make main street look good the second step is to bring in the people.
5.) Why do you think you are a better choice for town commissioner than either of the incumbents?
I believe that I would be a better commissioner for the town of Bel Air because I have a vested interest in Bel Air. My kids are going to grow up and live in Bel Air I want to make sure that they can afford to live in Bel Air. I want to be sure that the public is protected by the best police and fire department in the country. We as commissioners need to support the police and fire department not cut their budget. In closing vote Davis on November 3 for town commissioner, Thank You.