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Meet the Candidate: Don Trinks for State Representative

Small business and jobs top the list of concerns for Windsor's Mayor, who is running for state representative in the fifth district (Hartford, Windsor).

Mayor of Windsor, and small business owner for 8 years, Don Trinks is seeking to put his experience to work for the citizens of district five on the statewide level.

He has served as Mayor of Windsor for a decade, but sees the opportunity to run for State Representative as a "challenge" he can't pass up.

"For me this is an opportunity for another challenge... to do some more good for the town of Windsor," said Trinks.

At the top of his list of concerns for Nutmeggers is the lack of support for small businesses like the one he owns, Bart's Drive-In.

"I would like to address what is going on in Connecticut for small businesses and what isn't. Small business is the backbone [of jobs]," he said, recalling the many teenagers he has put to work over the years. 

"I have enjoyed introducing them to the working environment," he said.

"As a small business owner, I know first-hand the importance of job creation in the community, as well as the struggles small businesses face in this economy. Getting someone in the Capitol that can advocate for both is key to the success of keeping small businesses thriving."

But, according to Trinks, that someone doesn't have to be a political insider. In, fact, Trinks says, it's time voters stop sending political insiders back to the capitol year after year. Instead, "We just need to do the right things for the right reasons," he said.

In his run for office, Trinks is drawing on the experiences he's shared with the average Windsor residents. And it's those experiences he feels will allow him to be successful in office.

"I don't live an extravagant life by any means," he said. "I have put a daughter through college, I have worked a lot of hours."

Over those long hours, Trinks has become well acquainted with the needs of business owners and homeowners, who Windsor's mayor recognizes are hurting.

"Home ownership increases self worth and community pride," he said. "We have to look at this whole banking system - the availability of loans and streamline the process."  He perceives ongoing problems in Hartford with absentee owners who don't properly maintain their properties.

The includes a portion of Windsor and Hartford. There are two other Democrats running for this General Assembly position, including Hartford's Brandon McGee and Windsor's Leo Canty who has recieved the majority of Windsor Democrats' support. The Republican candidate is Windsor Board of Education Minority Leader Paul Panos.

Lighten Up August 06, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Great story about a great guy!
Albert Williams August 06, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Just so there's not all sunshine in these comments I'll add my $0.02... Before anyone in Windsor casts their vote for Trinks as state rep be aware of who is in line to be the next mayor; yeah him. If Trinks were so concerned about small businesses he wouldn’t have so eagerly given the Fortune 500 Company Dollar Tree nearly $3 million in free taxes. Now he and his well-oiled Dems will say you don’t understand, we’re not giving them $3 million, they’re just not paying $3 million…means the same thing. If I’m supposed to pay $6k in taxes and I get a $3k break the other $3k comes from somewhere or someone…remember the $3 million tax increase this year. As the highest ranking member of Windsor he could have and should have asked Dollar Tree to create a proper buffer between its site and the local residents. How was Day Hill constructed so intelligently, yet Tradeport is such a cluster-muck. Oh, Lighten Up…mayor hates anonymity, use your name.
Aj August 06, 2012 at 05:45 PM
How could anyone vote for Trinks' knowing that Al Simon is next in line to be mayor!! I would vote for Trinks' over Canty any day with the exception of this small burden!!
Amazing Grace August 06, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Oh get over it! Why do all the comments have to come around to the Dollar Tree?? They're building, its a fact. Deal with it. I for one am happy they are here and will be first in line to apply for a job. (and for the record, I do live in the "zone") As for Mayor Trinks -- I support him and will proudly cast my vote. This article is about him, please keep it that way without bring up other issues. If you support him, as I do - Great. If you don't, hey that's your choice too. However, don't bring up The Dollar Tree here. It's not the place for it. There! I've said my peace. (As always, I will not be responding to comments)
tchjjal August 06, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I'm glad Trinks realizes the struggles small businesses have in this economy - that is the regulations and tax burdens that he and other Democrats continue to support and vote for! Such hypocrisy!!!!!
Catherine & Dennis August 07, 2012 at 02:05 AM
@Albert Williams, I couldnt agree with you more I would add: Trinks says ""Home ownership increases self worth and community pride," he said. "We have to look at this whole banking system - the availability of loans and streamline the process." He perceives ongoing problems in Hartford with absentee owners who don't properly maintain their properties." As with the towns own P & Z, it didnt follow- that doesnt apply to this part of town. Then again, we wouldnt want to put this hideous building over near the new Nuke Villiage that is their pride and joy (Great Ponzie Villiage) Day Hill Road. . Good luck A. Grace -you have a bright future as well.
Windsor Voter August 07, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Al Simon is not guaranteed the Office of Mayor. I know alot of people that have no respect for the man. Don Trinks is the best candidate for State Rep.
WR August 07, 2012 at 03:33 AM
If you live in the "Zone" then you can't vote for him unless it is illegally. Just pointing out a fact.
WR August 07, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Trinks does understand some of the issues small businesses face... but in the State House he will be usurped by the liberal tax and spend group. We know Canty only "dreams of raising our taxes" as he said in his own words. The real question is what do we know of McGee. I am in the district and can vote.
WR August 07, 2012 at 03:41 AM
But if it is Trinks off to the State House, they will vote a new Mayor before a replacement is named and seated that is a 4-4 vote and I am not sure Simon would get any Rs and the Ds will fall in line I would guess. That results in no action. If they seat a new D will they fall in line and it becomes a 5-4 vote. Terranova is a wild card. It could be easier to defeat foot in mouth Simon in 2013.
Catherine & Dennis August 07, 2012 at 04:37 AM
I have heard Terranova say "yea" other than that I havent heard anything. How about this idea for campaign time? "Give a boot to Simon?" Everyone can bring in their old boots they want to throw out? Since there are two to a pair my suggestion would be to give the second "boot" to Herzfeld.

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