To the editor:
Stephen Leggett has defined a new generation of leaders during his tenure at Southington High School. His dedication to open government, thoughtful discussion, and service for the good of the people inspired many students, including myself, to pursue a career in public service. The values Leggett instilled in us as students are the same he would bring to the Town Council, and I believe firmly he will make Southington a better and stronger community.
Within days of joining his politics and government class back in 2010, Leggett had gained my full attention into politics and the upcoming mid-term election. Leggett encouraged us all to follow the election daily, and every morning we’d start off with the latest news. Leggett’s teaching style encouraged us to think through every aspect of an issue before we decided to comment.
Partisan political talking points were a non-starter, and analysis and attention to the facts is what reigned. There was no room for anyone to push their own political agenda because that only got in the way of the ultimate goal of politics and government: serving the people and making our community, state, and country a better place for the next generation.
Leggett has always been dedicated to the goal of good governance and open debate above petty politics. When I would get overly-partisan, he’d advise me to rethink my position and to not just gravitate to party talking points. Indeed, it is his thoughtfulness and willing to hear all sides of an argument that made Leggett a phenomenal teacher, and will make him an even better Town Councilman.
Leggett will bring transparency and open-mindedness to the Council, attributes that are desperately needed for a Council that has become more disconnected from the community it serves than ever before. The current state of affairs of the town is unacceptable, and only new leadership that is willing to listen to the citizens they serve can change it for the better.
Leggett was my teacher, my political mentor, and I believe he should be our Town Councilman. There is no one better who can restore the transparency and openness to our government, and be the people’s voice that is vitally needed.
John Foti, Southington