, a three term member of the Manchester Board of Directors, announced today that he is running for the 13th House District. Tweedie, 55, said that he’s ready to take his experience in Manchester to the Connecticut General Assembly.
“We’ve kept taxes in check, supported education, and started a major revitalization of the Broad Street corridor. I’m running for state representative to do the same for all Connecticut residents and revitalize our economy” said Tweedie.
Tweedie was elected to the Board of Directors in 2007 on a platform called the “Covenant with Manchester Taxpayers” where he committed to reforming government by making it more accountable to the citizens it serves, implementing performance measurements, controlling tax and spending increases, promoting economic development and improving the quality of life in Manchester.
Republican Chairman Matt Galligan says, “Tweedie made a set of promises and he kept them. After 20 years of blight, the demolition of the Parkade should serve as a reminder of Mr. Tweedie’s resolve in fighting for a better Manchester.”
Support for youth development and Public Education have been a major part of Mark Tweedie’s public service, as well as volunteer service. Before being elected to the Board of Directors, Tweedie volunteered as a coach for many town recreation leagues. He coached, umpired and served on the Board of Directors for the Manchester Little League, and coached for the CT Northstars AAU Basketball team. Taking his passion for helping young people to the Board of Directors, Tweedie implemented a town-wide Youth Master Plan, built an expanded Youth Services Bureau and Spruce Street Youth Center, and supported a successful referendum to renovate Highland Park Elementary School.
At the state level, Tweedie plans to support the kind of “local, comprehensive approach to youth development and economic growth to ensure that our children are able to be employed and live in a thriving Connecticut.”
Tweedie is a graduate Manchester High School, a Navy Veteran and father of two children, Brian and Samantha. He has operated his small business, Tweedie Dental Arts, in Manchester since 1984. Tweedie also credits his wife Melissa, of 25 years, as his “single greatest, inspiration and supporter for his service in local government.”