To the Editor:
I am Dennis Kokenos and am running for Legislative Council in District 3. I moved to Newtown with my wife and three children specifically for its incredible sense of community. Newtown quickly became my home and I know it will always be my home. So when the opportunity arose to run for Legislative Council in District 3, I quickly and happily accepted the challenge.
I am chief legal counsel for the Town of Trumbull and have been providing guidance to towns for the past eight years. I have dealt firsthand with the obstacles facing towns and helped resolve many issues which we will be facing as a community in the years to come. There are significant challenges going forward, including our state’s budget crisis and its effect on our town. We need knowledgeable, respectful, and hardworking leaders that will guide Newtown and keep it moving in a direction that will benefit all of our residents. We must make smart local decisions to assure that the integrity of our infrastructure and school system provide an overall sense of community growth. I understand that good ideas can come from listening to many different viewpoints and pledge that I will be guided by what is best for our community. Creative, calm, and collaborative thinking can overcome any problem, no matter how insurmountable it may seem. I believe in promoting healthy commercial growth, maintaining an already outstanding school system, and preserving our farm land and open space, which are unique assets of our town. Stable tax rates, good schools, and healthy commercial growth will allow Newtown to thrive and be affordable for all residents.
I obtained my Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of Connecticut and law degree from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. I am eager to apply my knowledge and work ethic to help tackle the problems which face our hometown. I greatly appreciate and ask for your support, trust, and your vote for Legislative Council, District 3. Please feel free to contact me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my Facebook page at facebook.com/kokenosforcouncil.
Dennis J. Kokenos
21 Platts Hill Road, Newtown October 2, 2017