Connecticut State Senate, District 26
Will Haskell was raised in Westport, Connecticut, and is a graduate of the Westport Public Schools. He believes the values of his community - equality, justice, and respect - are sadly absent in Hartford. He hasn’t spent decades in public office, but he’s prepared, ready and eager to help Connecticut recover from an era of dysfunctional government.
In Connecticut and Washington, Will has dedicated himself to electing smart, accountable politicians, elevating our public discourse, and improving all levels of government. Will worked for the Democratic National Committee, where he analyzed state legislation and fought to protect the right to vote. He has also interned with Hillary for America and the Capitol Hill offices of Congressman Jim Himes and Senator Chris Murphy. In Washington, he assisted the Community Tax Aid program by lending a hand to low-income residents as they filed their taxes. He helped launch the Free Speech Project, an academic endeavor based at Georgetown, and dedicated to monitoring and protecting the freedom of expression. In Connecticut, he aided the Office of the Public Defender, helping low-income defendants navigate the criminal justice system after their arrests. This experience gave him a deep appreciation for the work of our state employees, as well as a knowledge of the flaws in our criminal justice system.
This year, Will graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University and chose to return to Connecticut. These are his roots—this is where he learned the values he hopes to bring back to public service. Growing up in the 26th district, he was surrounded by the incredible artists and visionaries who make our community remarkable. As the President of the Staples Players, he learned the importance of fostering the arts both inside and outside of the classroom. In high school, Will spoke up to fight cyber-bullying and earned national media attention for his efforts. And it was here where he first learned that the strongest way to safeguard our democracy is to make our democracy more accessible. This is why Will has decided to run against Toni Boucher, an incumbent who has spent her career impeding access to the ballot.
Will believes that the perilous financial condition of our state has scared too many young people away from building a future here. If elected to the state senate, he plans to propose policies that would draw more young people to Connecticut. He believes that investing in public transportation and enacting paid family leave will bolster our future workforce.
Like so many others in his community, Will is tired of the hearing the same empty promises and partisan infighting from Hartford. It’s time to elect a new voice who brings different ideas and an eye for Connecticut’s future. Every day, entrenched lawmakers make decisions that will impact our state for decades to come - but they’re doing so without any input from the next generation. As a stakeholder in Connecticut’s future, Will is eager to challenge the status quo and be a voice of change in the General Assembly.
Will knows this is a trying time - for our state, and for our country. With the state senate tied for the first time since 1893, this is a crucial election. Will believes it’s an opportunity to change course. His campaign is driven by the timeless questions: If not me, who? If not now, when?