Hampton Considering a Run for 16th District Seat

The Deputy First Selectman expects to make announcement soon

A Simsbury town offical could step in and seek the Democratic party endorsement for the 16th Assembly District seat being vacated by Representative Linda Schofield.

Deputy First Selectman John K. Hampton said he is considering a run for the seat against Republican candidate Charity Folk.

"I was certainly honored to be approached by party officials," Hampton said. "I love serving Simsbury and the thought of serving at the capital is a thrilling prospect."

Hampton has not made a final decision but expects to make an announcement in the near future.

The 45-year-old Tariffville native has served as a town selectman since 2003 and Deputy First Selectman since 2007. Hampton is currently the owner of Hampton Strategies, a public relations, communications, and fundraising consulting firm.

Hampton also worked as the manager of marketing and outreach for the UConn Alumni Association and served as a legislative aid for the Joint Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations in the Connecticut General Assembly.

Hampton was first approached by Schofield after she announced that she would not seek another term. Hampton also received encouragement from Simsbury Democratic Town Committee Chair Jeff Tindall and First Selectwoman Mary Glassman.

"I would have big shoes to fill," Hampton said. "Linda is a voice of fiscal conservatism and I would want to continue to build on that."

Simsbury Democratic Town Committee Chair Jeff Tindall said Hampton would be a strong candidate to represent the interests of Simsbury at the state level.

"We're excited, John is a strong candidate," Tindall said. "He has served the residents of Simsbury well during his time on the board. He would bring the same commitment and energy to Hartford."

Tindall said he hopes to know for sure in the next 8-10 days. The Simsbury Democratic Town Committee will endorse a candidate on May 23 during a committee meeting at Eno Memorial Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Joan Coe March 29, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Is this the best candidate the Democrats can get to represent Simsbury? My comments made at the March 26, 2012 Board of Selectman meeting. The Democrats have Deputy First Selectman John Hampton as a possible candidate. John Hampton has on a number of occasions not paid his meager car tax on time. Hampton is now living in a room at 33 West Mountain Road with his prior residence in a room on Pilfershire Road and having a spotty employment record is not my choice of a candidate for State Representative. It is alleged that his present office is in the Simsbury library. I was pleased to see that Jeff Tindal, Head of the Democratic Party is searching for an upstanding candidate
Danielle Brennan March 29, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Ms. Coe: You seem like quite a bitter person who uses personal attacks instead of speaking to the substance of the issues in a constructive and intelligent manner. What is wrong with you? Have you no sense of decency? You are so sad.
Meredith Armitage March 29, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Go-Fight-Win! A great Selectman will make an outstanding State Representative~! Good Luck, John!
Angela March 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Go Charity Folk !
Robt. Kalechman April 30, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Coming Soon A new Face to and canadicate for the House of Representives State Of Connecticut 16 District Robert H. Kalechman


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