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Party affiliation: Republican
Are you an incumbent for this seat? yes
Education/degrees: BS Eastern Connecticut State University 2007
Occupation: Retired Pfizer Research 2003, currently part-time Groton substitute teacher
Civic involvement: Ledge Light Health District Board 1993-2004
Subbase Realignment Coalition 2005
Youth sports coach 1996-2008
Shellfish Commission late 1980's
Noank Hatchery liason 1999-2007
City of Groton Planning and Zoning 1989-1990
Co-Chair Poquonnock Plains 1995
Restoration Advisory Board Subbase
Previous offices held and other government service: Groton Town Council 1990-present
Groton Town Mayor 2003-2009
Safety Net Committee, 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness
Land Use Leadership Alliance 2006
Open Space Task Force Chairperson 1993
Bluff Point Advisory Committee 1985-1987
What are the major issues for your town? For a local election it is important to get out and vote. Taxpayers and residents have more say at the local level than at the state or national levels. Here you can chose who will be representing you and actually speak to those that set policy at home.
The biggest challenge facing the next Town Council is budget. In order to maintain the quality of life we enjoy in our town and, maintain services, the next Town Council may have some tough decisions to make. Here communication is key. Residents and taxpayers, have open communication with local elected officials. Let your elected officials know what you want or, what you can do without.
There needs to be much communication between the Town Council/BoEd/RTM/subdivisions/our military community/State and Federal agencies and elected officials/COG/boards and commissions/local businesses, and residents. Groton has the most complicated make up of government in the state but, it works. It can only continue to work, or improve, if there is open communication.
What makes you the best candidate for this office? I respect all those running for this office and ultimately the top nine vote getters will fill the Town Council. Having served consecutively on the Town Council for over twenty years, including six years as Mayor, my experience makes me a strong candidate for this position. It takes communication, listening, and being able to work with others to be successful in local government. These are qualities which I’ve demonstrated.
What was the last book you read, and what did you think of it? The last book I read was on Monday October 3ird at Charles Barnum School. I work in the Groton School system as a substitute teacher and on this day was assigned to a first grade class. The book was Stephanie’s Ponytail by, Robert Munsch; illustrated by Michael Martchenko. The point of the book was how classmates copied this girl’s behavior with a ponytail positioned in different places on her head. In the end she out smarts them for being copycats.
One could possibly make an adult interpretation of this book but for me, it was just about enjoying to read to more than twenty, 6 and 7 year olds.
HARRY A. WATSON
Address: 175 Shennecossett Parkway, Groton, CT 06340
Marital Status/Children: Married to Kim Shepardson Watson we have three children ages 20, 18, and 16
Age on Election Day: 62