"Meet the Candidates" is a new 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.
Name: John C. Dobbins
Party, Position Seeking: Republican, Southington Town Council
Family information: Southington resident since 1984, married to wife Joan for 31 years, daughter graduate of SHS and UCONN.
Occupation, if applicable: Hospital Pharmacist at UCONN Health Center
Political Experience: Town Council, Water Board & Ethics Commission
Other Experience: STEPS board member and former Lions Club member.
Why did you run for office? There are many different reasons why an individual will seek public office. Mine is very simple and is without personal or political gain. It is to continue what was started two years ago and that is to help make Southington the best Town in Connecticut.
If elected, what would be your primary areas of focus?
Key elements of this are economic development, proactive planning, maintaining and improving infrastructure (road & parks) with supporting education and public safety.
What do you feel is the biggest issue facing Southington today?
Without a doubt, the economy and jobs!
What skills do you have that you could bring to the community?
Every single candidate brings a different skill set to the table. As a pharmacist, I bring the compassion and honestly of my profession along with the business skills of having invented, patented, marketed a product.
Anything else you would like to share?
We must be mindful that our decisions will affect residents in different ways.