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Eager To Tackle Problems

Published: October 02, 2017 at 12:00 am

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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 dkokenos@hotmail.com or visit my Facebook page at facebook.com/kokenosforcouncil.

Sincerely,
Dennis J. Kokenos
21 Platts Hill Road, Newtown         October 2, 2017

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This Week's Poll

Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

“In The Bag” exhibition, on view to September 28
0% (0 votes)
The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
0% (0 votes)
Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
50% (1 vote)
“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
50% (1 vote)
“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
0% (0 votes)
“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 25
0% (0 votes)
Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
0% (0 votes)
Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
0% (0 votes)
“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
0% (0 votes)
Newtown Day, October 6
0% (0 votes)
The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
0% (0 votes)
Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
0% (0 votes)
“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
0% (0 votes)
Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
0% (0 votes)
The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
0% (0 votes)
Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
0% (0 votes)
Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
0% (0 votes)
“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
0% (0 votes)
Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
0% (0 votes)
Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 2