Student runs for town council

Erin Ade

Firing back direct answers, yet never coming off as too abrasive,
Brittany Sanders sat comfortably and confidently while responding to why she has decided to take on the fight for District One, Hamden Town Council.

If you feel as though you are experiencing deja vu, Mike Germano
[a 2005 alumnus who, running as an independent, was defeated in the race for town council last fall] has little to do with Sanders’ campaign, except for the fact that she plans to learn what she can from his mistakes in order to procure victory.

Sanders, a junior political science major, is the sole Bobcat running.
Although she is on the ballot as the Republican nominee for district one,
the Quinnipiac Democrats have backed her with full support. The election
is on Nov. 8.

“I am running with party affiliation because I feel it legitimized my campaign,” Sanders said.

Sanders’ primary campaign focus is to bridge the gap between Quinnipiac
and the Hamden community.

“I have a three-part plan in order to do this, starting with a one-credit class in good neighboring. The credit would be like fulfilling a gym requirement and would teach the students about things like
garbage and recycle days, along with general information about the Hamden community. Other schools have programs
like this in place,” Sanders said.

The second and third parts of her plan are to include the community
more in the QU orientation.

“When you are put on the Quinnipiac campus as a freshman you
feel like you are in a town within a town,” Sanders said. “With freshmen
being unable to have cars it makes it difficult to go off campus and acclimate yourself to the community.”

Sanders also suggests an ‘Adopt a family’ program, a volunteer program open to Quinnipiac students and members of the community. As part of the program students can call their ‘adopted family’ and
ask generic questions about things like where to find a good barber shop, movie theater or restaurant.

Like the one-credit class, both are programs that have been implemented
at other schools. Sanders will be facing off against Matthew E. Fitch, who won the Democratic nomination by a slim margin of votes on Sept. 13. When asked about meeting Fitch face to face, Sanders said she welcomes the challenge.

“I am looking forward to some face time with Fitch, if of course he would
be willing to meet [me],” Sanders said. Sanders is also focusing on issues outside of Quinnipiac that affect the Hamden community as a whole. Hot topic issues include: a new Hamden middle school that was erected too close to a Veterans memorial, which angered Hamden citizens, and the hiring freeze on community jobs.

In order to acquire votes outside of Quinnipiac, Sanders held a meet-andgreet two weeks ago that was open to all the residents of district one. She has also been going door-to-door in the community.
Sanders said she is running for town council to be a representative of
Quinnipiac, as well as a diligent and reliable asset to the town of Hamden. A major concern for her campaign is actually registering
students to vote so they will be eligible to participate in the Nov. 8 election.

For more information regarding Brittany Sanders campaign, or if you
would like information about registering to vote email her at her university e-mail address.