"Meet the Candidates" is a feature on Southington Patch designed to help you get to know your local candidates before you take to the polls this November. Each profile was submitted directly by the candidate.
Take a moment to review each profile so you can be informed and prepared when you go to the polls on Nov. 8.
This week, we look at the Planning and Zoning Commission candidates. Be sure to look back at the Town Council, Board of Finance and Board of Education profiles featured during the past three weeks and stay informed.
Name: Ryan Rogers
Age : 26
Party, Position Seeking: Democrat, Southington Planning & Zoning Commission
Family Information: My family has had a presence in Southington since the early 1900’s. I am the great grandson of Anthony M. Egidio, grandson of James Egidio, and son of Susan Egidio and Wilford Rogers.
Occupation: Research Assistant at the Center for Public Policy and Social Research at Central Connecticut State University.
Political Experience: Former Intern for Congressman John B. Larson; President of the Greater Southington Young Democrats.
Other Experience: Proud Member of the Southington Sons of Italy; Veteran of the United States Air Force; Graduate of Southington High School class of 2003; and will graduate from Central Connecticut State University in 2012.
Why did you run for office?
I am running for office because I have concern for the future of our town. I hope to bring back a fair, responsible, and regulated process for businesses to develop and thrive in Southington.
If elected, what would be your primary areas of focus?
Having grown up in town, I have the utmost pride in being a resident and wish to contribute to Southington’s continued success by addressing the concerns of our neighbors, and maintaining the culture of our town.
What do you feel is the biggest issue facing Southington today?
The biggest problem I see facing Southington is the dilemma facing workers being newly introduced to a stale workforce. I believe as a commissioner, it will be my duty to ensure a strict and fairly regulated process for businesses, but without stalling the availability of new jobs and opportunities to ease the burden of the recession, which has plagued many of our lives.