Kiley plans run for selectman's seat in November
Published 7:53 am, Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Selectman Kevin Kiley kicked off the 2015 municipal election season early, announcing at Monday's Republican Town Committee meeting that he intends to seek election to a full term on the Board of Selectmen -- but not as the GOP's standard-bearer for first selectman.
Kiley, 56, was a Board of Finance member when he was appointed to the Board of Selectmen in July 2012 to fill the vacancy caused when fellow Republican James Walsh resigned. Walsh stepped down when questions arose regarding a possible conflict of interest when Walsh, a lawyer, continued to represent clients before town land-use boards. Walsh was then appointed to fill Kiley's seat on the finance panel.
Kiley, whose announcement apparently took some town committee members by surprise, said it has been both rewarding and challenging to be the only Republican on the three-member Board of Selectmen. Democrat Michael Tetreau is first selectman, and has not said publicly if he plans to seek re-election in November.
"Tonight, I am once again seeking your support," Kiley said, "this time as a candidate for re-election to the Board of Selectmen."
RTC Chairman James Millington said Kiley called him Sunday, and asked to address the town committee meeting.
Kiley said his four years on the Representative Town Meeting, 15 years on the finance board and the last three years as a selectman, have "given me the opportunity to understand town government from different perspectives and over a significant period of time." His knowledge, he said, will be invaluable to whomever is chosen this year's GOP candidate for first selectman.
"My election success winning two RTM campaigns and three townwide office races, even in years where our party did not fare well, has prepared me well for a tough campaign ahead," Kiley said. "I have a track record of reaching voters not just within our party, but across the aisle and within the town's largest voting block -- the unaffiliated voters."
He said his track record is one of financial and personal accountability, proper budgeting and efforts to keep the town affordable for all its citizens. Kiley cited his work on while on the RTM as the chairman of the first Senior Citizen Tax Relief Committee, and mid-year changes made in 2008 in the midst of the financial crisis, as well as leading efforts among the GOP to reduce a proposed mill rate increase of 6.4 percent to 2.4 percent.
"When improprieties came to light related to the Fire Department promotion policies and their impact on pension obligations, it was my financial analysis that exposed the $2 million increase obligation the administration either approved or allowed to happen on their watch," Kiley said.
The selectman also said he has demanded accountability and criticized Tetreau's administration on a lack of leadership when it comes to repairing the Penfield Pavilion, closed since October 2012 by damage from Superstorm Sandy.
"While there may be disagreement on what should be done with the pavilion," Kiley said, "everyone can agree that the timing of the resolution is not appropriate."
The Board of Selectmen approved the $6 million in bonding for the pavilion work by a unanimous vote in November.