Name: Sharon F. Waagner >>View Sharon's Walk Piece
Office being sought: City Council
Home address? 178 Circle Drive
Current job/employer: Communications Director/Torrington Downtown Partners
High School: Ridgewood, NJ
College: Empire State College, Bachelor – Educational Studies
Post-grad degree: SUNY Albany - MLS
Family: My husband Lou and I moved to Torrington in 2008. We have two adult children. I was a K-12 school librarian in Long Lake, NY and also served as an AEMT on the Long Lake Rescue Squad. I was also a co-founder of the Long Lake Library. When I first moved to Torrington, I was the school librarian for St. Peter/St. Francis School for two years. I then began working with Torrington Downtown Partners in 2010 and serve as their Communications Director.
Elected offices held or community groups involved with: I was a member of Arts, Culture, Torrington for 4 years; I am currently on the Board of Directors of the Torrington Library; on the Executive Board of the NWCT Economic Development Corportation; and I am on the Torrington Planning and Zoning Board. I am a member of the Torrington Community Emergency Response Team and a co-captain for Torrington Neighborhood Watch.
My main focus is economic development to increase our grand list and to lower the mill rate. Transparency and strong community commitment requires a serious investment of time and effort. We need to work together to find solutions to budgetary concerns as we move forward.
Communication and transparency are important. Residents and business owners need to know how their tax money is being spent and that their questions are valued. As a retired teacher, I feel we also need to work closely with the BOE on behalf of our local students and assure they have the best education we can provide.
“I believe in the future of Torrington and I am not afraid to ask the tough questions. We need to work together to find solutions. I would be honored if you would vote for me on November 5.”
Endorsements: Sharon’s campaign has been endorsed by the Western CT Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO