Democrat Shannon Knall is seeking election to the Simsbury Board of Selectmen.
Bachelors degree in Journalism, Ohio Wesleyan University
Masters degree in Organizational Behavior, University of Hartford
Until my decision to be a stay at home mom, I was the Manager of Employee Publications for Otis Elevator Company, North American Operations and spent several years in various capacities within Otis. Since leaving Otis to raise my children, I have been a committed volunteer for Autism Speaks, as Founder of the Connecticut chapter and Inagural Walk Chair. Additionally, I serve as the Connecticut Policy Chair for Autism Speaks and have spent the last five years leading grassroots efforts to pass and implement bi partisan legislation regarding medical coverage, education and employment for those with disabilities like autism. In 2010 I co-founded Well Served Tennis Academy, a Simsbury-based summer tennis camp for children with autism.
Why are you seeking office?
My family has lived in Simsbury for over ten years and we love it. I want to be a part of making Simsbury the best community it can be by preserving our precious resources and open space while ensuring responsible development and by making our home a place in which anyone can work, play and live.
What experience do you bring to the table?
Having grown up in the Farmington Valley, I have an inherent appreciation for the evolution of the area and what issues are important to residents. More importantly, my volunteer work on the Board of Selectmen, in the schools, on the Economic Development commission and as an advocate at the state and federal level, has prepared me well to thoughtfully manage issues important to Simsbury residents.
What do you feel is the town's most pressing issue?
The country is still recovering from the worst economic recession of our time, and Simsbury has not escaped the impact. We need to remain vigilant about keeping our taxes as low as possible while still delivering the services our our residents require and deserve.
What do you love most about town?
I love that Simsbury is a place that appeals to so many; young and old, business owners, naturalists, bike enthusiasts and tourists. I love that I can enjoy Simsbury Farms or a concert at the Performing Arts Center with my family in the summer, Celebrate Simsbury in the Fall, attend a lecture at the Library in the Winter and hike to the Heublein Tower with my family in the Spring. This is a vibrant community filled with people working to make it such, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.
What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy spending time with family and friends and playing tennis. My favorite activity is going to the beach with my family
How can residents keep up with you?
On Facebook Shannon for Simsbury
On Twitter. @shannonforsims
By Email. S.firstname.lastname@example.org