"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 begin looking at the Board of Finance candidates. Be sure to look back at the Town Council, which we featured last week, and stay informed.
Name: Edward S Pocock Jr.
Party, Position Seeking: Republican, Southington Board of Finance
Family information: I’ve lived in the eastern section of Southington all my life.
Occupation: Retired; part-time bus driver.
Political Experience: Library Board Member 1993-2003; Town Council 2003-2005; Conservation Commission 2007; Planning &Zoning 2009-2010; and Board of Finance 2010 –Present
Why did you run for office?
In the past, I worked in the public sector for 37 years and enjoyed serving the public. After retiring I felt that it was important to continue my service to the town by volunteering my time on one of the many town boards. I am honored that I was elected several times and am very appreciative of the faith people have in me to make good decisions for the Town of Southington.
If elected, what would be your primary areas of focus?
One of the things I have enjoyed the last two years is being part of the new energy in Southington Town Hall but we always need to be mindful of the future. In that regard, I will immediately start looking at next year’s budget and make every attempt this year to save money.
What do you feel is the biggest issue facing Southington today?
The economic crisis and how it affects our seniors. I have and will continue to support the programs important to the senior community.
What skills do you have that you could bring to the community?
Having worked in the town as a police officer for 37 years, I have a good grasp on the needs of our town. I will continue to use my lifetime of knowledge to make Southington a better place.
Anything else you would like to share?
I am proud of the work Team Republican has accomplished the last two years. The lowest mill rate increase in the town’s history over two years is something that we are very proud of.