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Meet the Candidate: Ben Wenograd

Ben Wenograd. Submitted photo

We-Ha.com is offering our readers the opportunity to meet the candidates running for election on Nov. 3, 2015.

Ben Wenograd. Submitted photo

Ben Wenograd. Submitted photo

Compiled by Ronni Newton

We-Ha.com is offering our readers the opportunity to “Meet the Candidate” – designed to help them get to know the candidates running for office in the Nov. 3, 2015 municipal election.

Identical questionnaires have been sent to all major party candidates, and each profile received has been submitted directly to We-Ha.com by the candidate or the candidate’s campaign management. The responses have not been edited but have been formatted to match our publication style. Questions left blank have been deleted.

As profiles are received, they will be published on We-Ha.com under the “Government” tab. We-Ha.com is not making endorsements of any political candidates but we are publishing this information in order to assist West Hartford voters in being informed and prepared when they go to the polls on Nov. 3.

If you are a candidate and wish to submit a profile, please return it by email to Ronni Newton at [email protected] ASAP.

Name:Ben Wenograd

Age: 52

Party, position seeking: Democratic running for Town Council

Family Information: Wife, Shannon; Daughter, Sasha

Occupation: Field Representative for AFT Connecticut.

Political Experience: This is my first run for public office.

Why are you running for office? As a member of the Town Council I will support the fiscally responsible policies that our keep our community services strong and also affordable. I will also support strategies that help our small businesses grow, development that is pedestrian and bike-friendly and preserving high quality public safety services.

What do you feel is the biggest issue facing West Hartford today? Affordablility is our biggest issue. I want this to be a community where my mother can afford to stay, and where my daughter will want to raise her own family.

Anything else you would like to share? 50 years ago my parents settled here because it offered them so much, like beautiful neighborhoods, excellent schools, and lively commerical areas. So when it came time for my own family to put down roots, we chose West Hartford for all the same reasons. I love this place, and am proud of all we have accomplished in making this such a great place to live.

I’ve had a wonderful experience knocking on doors this season, trying to meet as many people as possible and hearing about their concerns. I’ve talked with classmates I hadn’t seen since High School,  seniors concerned about rising costs, and newcomers who are thrilled to have found this special place. I very much hope I’ll be granted the chance to serve on the Council to help preserve what has made West Hartford the best community it can be.

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