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Tim Bauman looks to get involved with Ward 2 city council seat

  • Tim Bauman, Ward 2 city council candidate. October 9, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Tim Bauman, Ward 2 city council candidate. October 9, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Tim Bauman<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Tim Bauman

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Tim Bauman, Ward 2 city council candidate. October 9, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Tim Bauman<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Tim Bauman has not been involved in city government before, but he is eager to learn more about it.

Two things drove the 51-year-old Primrose Lane resident to run for a city council seat in Ward 2: a desire to become active in his community and the controversy over the city’s acquisition of an armored BearCat vehicle.

“I may have my opinions and ideas on things, but just as strong in me is a desire to get along with people,” Bauman said. “I may have, you know, angry thoughts, but I don’t like dealing with people in that fashion. I would much rather work with people, learn what they’re looking for, find a way to find common ground.”

Bauman works in commercial property management and moved to Concord six years ago from the Midwest as part of the Free State Project. He is running against Allan Herschlag for the seat left open when redistricting moved Councilor Jennifer Kretovic out of Ward 2.

When the city council considered accepting a federal grant to purchase an armored police vehicle this summer, Bauman attended his first city council meeting. He was one of dozens of people who spoke against the grant at a public hearing in August; several of them were members of the Free State Project who were offended by language in police Chief John Duval’s grant application that Free Staters “present daily challenges” to law enforcement.

But Bauman told the Monitor this month that he does not like stereotypes and does not want to focus on his affiliation with the Free State Project.

“I’m going to put it in a broader concern, and I think for any police department the relationship with the residents is important,” he said. “And I think this brings an opportunity to step back and say, what is the relationship with the citizens?”

For nearly every issue in city government, Bauman admits he has a lot to learn. On the Main Street redesign project, he said he needs “to learn a lot more about that.” He is aware that many Ward 2 residents would like a grocery store in Penacook, but he is not sure where it should go. And he would like to take care of “core services” before bigger projects such as moving the city library.

“I will indeed tend to be a small-government guy,” he said. “I mean I’m going to be looking for opportunities to ask questions about efficiencies of expenditures, and if we’re doing things that we can consider finding alternatives for. That certainly is going to be my approach. I’m not aware of a tax revolt about to occur.”

With a background in managing commercial properties and office buildings, Bauman said he can offer experience managing a budget.

He said he would come to the council with an open mind and a willingness to listen.

“There are a lot of people now on the council that are very knowledgeable, have been around for a long time, know the city’s operations, and that knowledge is great,” he said. “However, there can be a tendency to be some groupthink. So I think one of the qualities (I offer) is a fresh perspective, and I will be coming in with completely fresh eyes.”

(Laura McCrystal can be reached at 369-3312 or lmccrystal@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @lmccrystal.)

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