Tom Arthur, Democratic candidate for mayor, hosted a "Meet the Candidate Night" at the Forest Park Pavilion Saturday. He organized the event in order to introduce himself and his ideas to the community and to help raise funds for his "New Dreams-New Vision-New Era" campaign.
Arthur is a math teacher at Northview High School and has served on the Brazil City Council for 3 1/2 years. He and his wife, Penny, have one daughter. He decided to run for mayor, at least partly, because he believes that Brazil is in desperate need of a change.
Actually, he has high hopes of changing several things if he wins the election this November. His goals for the city "won't be easy," he says, "but they will be worth it."
Arthur states that his first priority, if elected, would be to improve Brazil's financing. He claims that, although he is on City Council, he cannot figure out where all the money goes. He also wishes to promote economic development by supporting local businesses and industries, bringing in new ones and creating more jobs.
Cleaning up the city is next on Arthur's list. He says he would first increase fines. He feels that disposing of several "burned-out" homes and repairing all of Brazil's streets are key points in the process as well.
An increase in pay for city employees is also on Arthur's agenda. He says many are currently living near the poverty level. However, he also thinks some of those workers should take more responsibility for their jobs.
Arthur believes that applying for grants could help in providing the Brazil Police Department with the technology and equipment they are lacking. Extra money might also give them the resources they need to combat the city's ongoing drug problem.
In addition, grants can be used in other areas, such as improving local parks. Arthur feels it would be beneficial to build a place for skate park for skateboarders at Craig Park.
Overall, Arthur says that he sees other cities growing, while Brazil is not. He is confident that the citizens of Brazil will agree with his views and is hopeful that his message will reach them before Election Day, Nov. 4.