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The Experience We-Ha Podcast: Different Views but Still Friends – Chris Williams and Liam Sweeney of the West Hartford Town Council

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Recently, Ellen DeGeneres defended her friendship with former President of the United States, George W. Bush …

Here’s the thing. I’m friends with George Bush,” she said. “In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. But just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them,” she added. “When I say, ‘Be kind to one another,’ I don’t only mean the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone.”

In this week’s Experience We-Ha podcast, recorded in the throes of election season, Ryan and Jeff sat down with Chris Williams and Liam Sweeney of the West Hartford Town Council. Although Chris and Liam don’t always agree on all issues, they have been friends since growing up in town when they first played on the same basketball team back in middle school and the level of respect for each other is evident. Both are looking out for the best interests of their town and regardless of which side of the aisle you sit on, we’ve got some great people representing our best interests in West Hartford.

Make sure to head to the polls on Nov. 5 and cast your vote!

Check out Chris Williams’ Facebook Page

Check out Liam Sweeney’s Facebook Page

Podcast Episode Chapters:

0:00 – Intro

2:25 – About Chris and Liam and growing up in West Hartford

5:53 – How Town Council works

7:12 – Why get into public service

12:12 – Balancing time

15:40 – Bipartisan gun control

18:16 – Local roads and construction

20:30 – 10-year plan for West Hartford

24:00 – “Model” towns across the country and where we stand

26:20 – Working together with Hartford

29:55 – What are the burning issues for residents

32:12 – Door-knocking stories

35:30 – Political respect and keeping a sense of humor

39:15 – How to connect with Chris and Liam

43:18 – We live in a great place!

49:25 – Chris and Liam’s favorite We-Ha dishes

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