I hope everyone had a chance to learn about the Farmington Democrats' great candidates for the Board of Education. Next I'd like to introduce Ned Statchen, Candidate for the Town Council representing the 2d District (Unionville).
Ned lives in the West District neighborhood with his wife, Liz, and his two children. Ned's children attend West District School, where he is active with the PTO. Ned currently serves on the Farmington Building Code Board of Appeals and, before moving to Farmington, Ned spent six years as the Chairman of the New Britain Zoning Board of Appeals and two years as Chair of the New Britain Building Commission. Ned has worked as a bridge engineer for the State DOT for 27 years and he holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Hartford. During his career, Ned has served as the President of Connecticut’s Engineering, Scientific & Technical bargaining unit and as member of the Board of Directors of the CT State Employees Association.
I hope you will agree with me that Ned has outstanding experience with the issues that matter to our government--education, land use, traffic management and budgeting--and I know that Ned blends that experience with intelligence, common sense and a passion for public service. But don't just take my word for it--let Ned tell you for himself:
"As my wife Liz and I celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, we couldn’t be happier with our decision to move to Farmington 5 years ago. Our kids are good examples of what a great job our school system is doing and we need to keep it that way.
I support good budget planning and reasonable decisions that will allow Farmington to continue to enjoy one of the lowest mill rates in the area. I believe that Farmington should continue its policy of preserving open space in an effort to maintain the character of our Town and give people a place to enjoy the great outdoors, but we owe it to the taxpayers to make sure we are paying fair prices for property. I want to address Farmington’s traffic problems by focusing on solutions that consider both traffic engineering and the effect of any changes on the community.
Because of my background and training, I am a problem solver and I know solutions usually start by listening, to help gather the information necessary for good decisions. I am ready to listen to you and bring my skills and experience to the Council."
I hope you will join me in supporting Ned with your vote on Nov. 5.