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Meet the Candidate: David deHaas

David deHaas. Courtesy photo

We-Ha.com is offering our readers the opportunity to meet the candidates running in the Nov. 2, 2021 municipal election. 

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 2021 municipal election.

Identical questionnaires have been sent to all 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 voters in being informed and prepared when they go to the polls on Nov. 2.

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

Name: David deHaas

Age: 31

Party, position seeking: Libertarian for Town Council

Family information: My mother Fay is a travel consultant and my father Ernest is a financial consultant. I am an only child and grew up in West Hartford, graduating from Hall in 2008.

Other occupation, if applicable: Writer and Philosopher

Political experience: I was a Student Government Senator at Central Connecticut State University where I spent most of my efforts advocating for the development of Sustainable Agriculture on campus.

Other relevant experience: My studies in Philosophy have given me the passion and abilities to look into American politics and help the country get on the path of wisdom and virtue, which it most certainly is not on today.

Why are you running for office? I am worried about this Nation and would like to help the democratic process become more enlightened with wisdom and intelligence instead of the petty partisan games they are currently obsessed with.

What issue(s) are your primary area of focus? My biggest passion is Sustainable Agriculture, which I theorize, could potentially lead to every single resident saving money on their annual grocery bills. I also want to determine what is proper for the local government to spend money on and thus lowering the property tax rate for all residents.

What do you feel is the biggest issue facing West Hartford today, and how do you plan to address it if elected? The more I look into local issues, the more I see how things can be different. For one, I am growing increasingly passionate about putting an end to the local government using the people’s money to purchase real estate. Other than developing and maintaining public buildings, this is not within the bounds of a properly functioning government and is a misuse of the people’s money. I would even argue that this is an entirely immoral action and I hope the Democrats and whoever else will have conversations with me on how to do things better. I would also look into getting out of all investments that are not directly related to the community, such as the short term investment fund from the State.

What do you feel differentiates you from other candidates also running for this position? I don’t like partisan politics, and I dare say it is the major reason why the country is so politically divided today. I also don’t like ideology. We need to listen to ideas and deliberate with those we disagree with in order to find the proper compromises that would be best for the community. Ideology only stifles our ability to listen to one another. Ideas over Ideology.

Anything else you would like to share? I am also pursuing a career in film and have many works in progress I am developing, including a Rock Opera about the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588.

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