Today, Will Haskell, a New Canaan resident and Staples High School alum, announced that he is running for the Connecticut State Senate. Haskell, a Democrat, believes that Hartford badly needs new leadership. “Connecticut’s state government must rise to the challenge of protecting our community in the era of Donald Trump,” Haskell says, and he is ready to work with Republicans and Democrats to end decades of partisan infighting in Hartford.

“Hartford isn’t working for the people of Connecticut. If we want to live in a state with a thriving economy, we need leaders who are willing to work together and craft new solutions to address spiraling deficits.”

The Connecticut State Senate is the only state legislative body in the country that is tied between Democrats and Republicans, creating a paralysis that only compounds our problems. “I want to break that tie and move our state forward,” Haskell says. “The key to making our state attractive to businesses is making it attractive to young people. That’s why we need to invest in faster trains and safer roads. Moreover, we must insist on passing paid family leave in the next legislative session.” Like so many of his neighbors in Fairfield County, Will is eager to turn the page and begin an era of better government.

“I’m running to bring a new voice to the State Senate and protect our values and our community from Donald Trump’s Washington,” Haskell says. Trump’s proposed budget would make devastating cuts here in Connecticut, impacting offices and programs including the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (called Husky B here at home). Toni Boucher can’t be counted upon to make sure that Connecticut’s beaches stay clean and children stay healthy. She’s proposed reckless cuts to Connecticut’s tax revenue. More fundamentally, Boucher has remained silent about President Trump. “To be silent about Trump as an elected Republican at any level is to be complicit with his agenda,” Haskell says.  

Raised in Westport, Haskell is running on a platform of long-term investments in infrastructure, common sense gun control and a prosperous economy for all. The 26th State Senate district includes Westport, Ridgefield, Wilton, Redding, Weston, Bethel, and New Canaan. The district voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election and Haskell is ready to give a blue district its blue seat in the State Senate.

Astrid Parenty