John N. Barry

Candidate, Town Council

John Barry is a lifelong resident of Southington, and was first elected to the Southington Town Council in 2001. Councilman Barry was elected by his colleagues to serve as the Chairman of the Town Council in 2005 and 2007.

Councilman Barry is an independent voice.  He’s tirelessly advocated for fiscal reform and adopted sweeping fiscal policy changes. Through John Barry’s conservative fiscal leadership, Southington’s first comprehensive fiscal policy was adopted and passed; resulting in a bond rating upgrade that saved taxpayers millions in interest costs. John’s priority of fiscal responsibility resulted in budget surpluses and increasing the “rainy day fund” to the highest level in Southington’s history.  In addressing the economic downturn, John Barry pushed for passage of a containment policy that enacted a hiring freeze, a reduction in overtime and curtailed all non-essential government purchases.  Through John Barry’s fiscal leadership, his priority has always been to put the taxpayers first, working on fiscal matters rather than political battles.

As a member of the Council, John Barry spearheaded major reforms in government contract requirements. He is a strong supporter of a more open transparent government and refuses to participate in backroom deals and private meetings.   Councilman Barry has also been a big supporter to upgrade and modernize Southington’s schools,  and as a result he was endorsed by the Connecticut Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers.

John Barry was a big advocate to expand and increase eligibility for Southington’s Veterans to receive a property tax freeze, and he continues to support a town wide property tax freeze for senior citizens so they can afford to stay in their homes.

In 2005, The Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives, James Amann, appointed Barry to the Connecticut State Library Board.  In 2011, he was elected Chairman of the Board, and 2017 will mark John Barry’s seventh year serving as Chairman of this bipartisan State Board. In addition, Barry served as a member of the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency and is a founding member of the Southington–Plainville Regional Health District.

John was elected to the Planning and Zoning Commission in 1999, serving two years. During his service he developed a strong record of conservation and through his leadership, Southington enacted one of the toughest ridgeline protection regulations in the State of Connecticut. He also served as Vice Chairman of Southington’s Open Space Committee, helping to preserve valuable farmland and acquire open space.  He has been vocal in his support of Protect Our Watershed CT and Crescent Lake, standing up against a big corporation that wants to expand mining in the watershed area.

John Barry is a graduate of Southington High School, Post University and Johnson and Wales University. After college, John worked in the Agent Orange Veteran Payment Program, served as the Legislative Assistant to Chairman Dargan and Chairman McCavanagh of the Connecticut Legislature and presently is a staff member in the Office of the House Clerk at the State Capitol in Hartford.  A native of Southington, John and his wife have two daughters.

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