Crossman Tosses Hat In Ring For Watertown MayorPosted: Updated:
There's a new candidate for mayor of Watertown.
Allison Crossman announced her candidacy live on 7 News At Noon.
You can watch her announcement in the video.
Crossman joins what's becoming a crowded field of candidates to replace Mayor Joe Butler Jr., including current council member Cody Horbacz, former council member Jeff Smith, and former council candidate Cliff Olney. Butler decided not to seek a second term.
She tells anchor Makenzie Piatt she's been considering running for council or mayor for some time.
She says as a former vice president of Washington Street Properties and as owner of Crossman Towing, she sees an opportunity "to use my business experience to really help this city move in a more appropriate direction -- fresh perspective is what I offer."
Crossman says being a political newcomer is an advantage.
"I think a lot of our citizens are put off by the fact that many politicians come from the political machine and have, maybe, their own agendas on their mind versus what is best for the city."
Crossman said the biggest issue is that "the city is hemorrhaging money toward projects that aren't necessarily giving us a return on our investment."
As an example, she said there might be a way for the city to bill insurance companies for costs incurred when the fire department responds to motor vehicle accidents.
She also shares her thoughts on a state-mandated second city courtroom.
Crossman joins what's becoming a crowded field of mayoral candidates, including current council member Cody Horbacz, former council member Jeff Smith, and former council candidate Cliff Olney.