Brian Maher is Montgomery Town Supervisor Elect, Chairman for the New York State Young Republicans (#NYSYR), and the Chairman for YRNF’s State Chairman’s Association!
Why did you feel the urge to run for office?
I felt I could make a meaningful difference in my hometown in terms of improving the overall quality of life for local residents.
What is the most important issue facing your community right now?
Taxes are always our number one issue. I look forward to getting a handle on our town budget and creating new revenue streams for the future as expenses continue to rise.
Share something fun about your past!
I received a Division 2 basketball scholarship to Post University in Waterbury, CT out of high school! Basketball is a big part of my life and played a key role in my eventual transition to public service. (#YRBaller? ~YRNF TEAM)
How were you involved in Young Republicans prior to being elected?
I joined the Young Republicans after first being elected Mayor of my town at the young age of 23. I wanted to be surrounded by like-minded #YRs and learn as much as possible from their experiences and what they were facing. Becoming part of the YRs, helped me develop into a better Mayor, allowed me to strengthen friendships I will have for the rest of my life and taught me valuable leadership skills that I will take with me to Town Hall and throughout my career.
What is your favorite part about being in office?
My favorite part about being in office is having a positive or life changing affect on someone that I may never meet or talk to. Being someone who gets things done to the point where people call me as their first and/or last line of defense is something I take great pride in.
What advice do you have for a YR who wants to run for office?
Run. Follow your heart and your instincts. Don’t listen to the people who will tell you that it’s a mistake or that you will lose. I didn’t. So what if you lose. You will be better off living with losing than the regret of not running and not realizing your full potential. In any campaign you meet some amazing people that you otherwise wouldn’t have met. Running for office is a valuable and unique experience that will make you stand out to future employers. Run.
What does being conservative mean to you?
To me, being conservative means being self reliant. It means sometimes the thing that helps the masses more than anything is having the presence of mind, patience and strength not to act or to instead — carefully and thoughtfully act. Every time something bad happens in our society liberals immediately want the government to step in. Many times over the course of American history, those actions make things worse and have a giant price tag. True conservative leaders have the fortitude not to act. Conservatives believe in maximizing every single tax dollar that our elected officials have been tasked to spend. I take great pride and responsibility in being a conservative.