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Tom Sirard to Run For 58th House Seat

Navy veteran formerly served on the Enfield Board of Education.

Tom Sirard, a decorated veteran of the U.S. Navy and former Finance Chair for the Enfield Board of Education, has announced he is running for State Representative in the 58th District of Enfield.

"The 2011 budget the Democrats pushed through last year is not balanced in spite of the highest tax increase in Connecticut’s history. The record $1.9 billion tax increase has hurt residents and is stifling the economic recovery of Connecticut putting most of the economic pressure on the taxpayers” said Sirard.

Sirard, 46, is a married father of two boys, ages six and five, and the director of DOS Concrete Pumping in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

“I’ve been blessed with many opportunities in my life and I want to work to ensure that everyone in Enfield has those same opportunities and chances to succeed,” he said.

Sirard says people can’t succeed unless they have good jobs but rising taxes are driving away many of the state’s employers, large and small.  “What Connecticut needs are JOBS! PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS! We don't have them because of the tax, borrow, and spend mentality of the current Legislature," Sirard said. 

A graduate of Cathedral High School in Springfield, he graduated from the Naval Nuclear Power School in 1986 and served eight years in the Navy. He spent six years on the USS Boston, a nuclear powered fast attack submarine, where he earned four medals including the Navy Expeditionary Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, and a Meritorious Unit Citation as well as many other decorations and citations.  He was honorably discharged as a Second Class Petty Officer and studied at STCC after his discharge.

“I’m running for this office because I care about my community," he said. "I served eight years in the military because I cared about my country. I’m running for State Representative because I care about Enfield.”

Sirard says government needs to be more responsible and responsive to the people it’s representing. He criticized Hartford for it's lack of common sense and it's lack of political courage in fixing many of the state's fiscal problems. 

Sirard may be contacted at 413-374-4803 or sirt@cox.net.

Spiff March 22, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Tom, I firmly support your positions as outlined in this article and you can count on my vote next November. BTW, thanks for your service to our country!
M Miller March 23, 2012 at 01:38 AM
It was with extreme pain that I watched Tom Sirard sit on the Enfield BOE last year. One term was one too many. The rambling, meaningless lectures that Sirard subjected the audience and his fellow Board members to were beyond mundane and barely coherent. My favorite verbal gem was the night Sirard glared into the camera or at the audience (not sure who was getting the evil eye) and stated Teachers teach!". I kid you not. There was more drivel that accompanied Sirard's silly lecture but this was the best! There were too many to count. So many times he lambasted Enfield parents with silly comments. Thank God the man is off the BOE. Now we are stuck with Kevin Fealy who too has diarrhea of the mouth and thinks the entire town needs his opinion on EVERYTHING! And he is a fan of censoring our Library activities too. I am not sure which of these 2 are more insufferable. Tough to call. Well at least Sirard is gone. Your military service is honorable Mr. Sirard but please stay in the private sector.
Spiff March 23, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Hey Miller, looks to me like you just don't like Republicans! Bright, hardworking private sector people are exactly what we need in government! No more of these professional politician types with limited experience outside of government. Private sector people know how to get things done, especially at the local level, and generally with much more efficiency than certainly some government bureaucrat. Judging from your comment, you clearly can't provide something more substantive so you have to stoop to using terms such as "barely coherent", "drivel", "diarrhea of the mouth", etc. Based on Mr. Sirard's record, I'm certain that he is not "barely coherent". His comments outlined in this article are very coherent and he clearly has an understanding of the issues and how to address them! Certainly more than I can say for your comment. You want Mr. Sirard to stay in the private sector, then present a candidate with better solutions to our state's problems. Based on your partisan attack, that means you can't!
M Miller March 23, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Spiff, FYI, I am a private sector business owner and know how to get things done as you put it. However, that does not automatically make me an expert on the financial woes of the town or state. I stand by my opinion that Mr. Sirard is not equipped to serve at the local or state level. Compare him to state level office holders like John Kissell, Bill Kiner or Kathy Tallarita and he falls woefully short. The voters will come to the conclusion. By the way Spiff, my opinion is not partisan based, unlike all of the numerous comments you post on every subject on this site. Less talk and more action might accomplish more.
Spiff March 24, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Well, Mr. Miller, again, you present no examples of why Mr. Sirard isn't "equipped to serve at the local or state level". His comments, as outlined in this article, clearly indicate that he knows what needs to be done to, at least, begin to solve our state's problems! THIS STATE IS GOING TO HE!! IN A HAND BASKET, AND WE NEED TO BEGIN TO SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS, NOWWWWWWWWWWWW! And, your "opinion is not partisan based"? Give me a break, just because you say it's not partisan based, doesn't make it so! You had opposing party attack written all over your comment, Mr. Miller.
M Miller March 24, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Spiff, You are the Champion Of Presumption. You assume I am a man - I am NOT. Making assumptions like that speaks volumes about how you approach issues and form opinions. Anyone can make any comment on any day and some gullible person will declare this "anyone" the next great solver. You are free to believe anything you wish. My opinion is based on what I saw at the BOE meetings and apparently Spiiff, the voters of Enfield felt the same way back in November when incumbent Sirard received 63 votes LESS than a party newcomer. Not exactly a vote of confidence I would say. Anyway, I am done with this issue. Now all I have to dread is watching Kevin Fealy muddle his way through the BOE meetings. Ouch!
Spiff March 24, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Well, Michelle, I apologize for assuming (or presuming) you were a Michael. Anyway, good day, ma'am!
M Miller March 25, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Hi Spiff, My name is NOT Michelle (nor Michael lol) but thank you for your the apology and you have a good day too.
M Miller March 28, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Spiff, I hope you were watching the BOE meeting tonight that featuring Bill Kiner, Kathy Tallarita and John Kissell discussing the proposed CT education reforms. Did you note how well-spoken and professional these 3 individuals were? Did you note how knowledgeable they were? Tom Sirard cannot possibly rise to the level of knowledge and ability that is required at the state level. Watching the BOE meeting tonight just proved my point.
Marty Salvatore May 17, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Pretty sure Spiff doesn't even live in our town. He just likes to ask if our town's policies will raise his property taxes... in Manchester.
Spiff May 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Aren't you funny, Marty, although increased taxes are certainly no laughing matter! Hey, love that Avatar!
Marty Salvatore May 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Notice how he didn't deny it. Just another ideologue here on The Patch. Big surprise!

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