Why I Am A Candidate For Legislative Council District 1
To the Editor:
To my neighbors and friends, I am Steve Hinden, and I am an unaffiliated candidate endorsed by the Newtown DTC for Legislative Council, District 1. I have lived in Newtown since my wife and our son moved here in 2004. We have experienced and enjoyed everything that our community has to offer, including our wonderful school system that provided our son’s education through his high school graduation. I have also previously served on one of Newtown’s municipal boards, having been elected in 2017 to a term on the Board of Finance.
I am a consultant with Willis Towers Watson in its Work and Rewards practice, and I have advised many public and private companies, including their senior executives and boards of directors.
I have been inspired to run for Legislative Council, District 1 because of the events of the past year, specifically, the appalling attempt by certain members of our community, specifically those among the leadership of the Newtown RTC, to attempt to impose book banning on our schools. I was an active voice against those attempts, and like many of you, felt deceived and manipulated when I learned through others’ Freedom of Information Act requests that the entire wedge issue was invented and instigated by this segment of the leadership of the Newtown RTC.
The facts that came out after those BOE meetings included virtual “cut and paste” coordinated, same-week complaints; of the ten formal complaints, many were or are closely associated with Newtown RTC members, and one is the Newtown RTC chair who is in fact my current representative on the Legislative Council in District 1. The conclusion that this was organized under his guidance is hard to avoid.
The actions of this current representative/Newtown RTC chair to create this awful wedge issue among our community are unacceptable, and I believe these tactics are not welcomed in Newtown. I hope to have the support of those who feel the same. Thank you.