Name: Burke Doar
Party, Board Seeking: Republican, Town Council
Burke Doar lives in West Hartford with his wife Carole and their three children. They are members of St. Thomas the Apostle Church. In addition to serving on the Town Council Burke volunteers as a youth basketball coach.
Burke grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Princeton University and Albany Law School. Burke served as a Law Clerk for Louis J. Freeh in the United States District Court. Louis Freeh is a former Director of the FBI.
Burke has devoted his career to the manufacturing industry and works for TRUMPF - a global manufacturer in Farmington. Burke is principally responsible for managing the Sales and Marketing of TRUMPF’s Machine Tool Products.
Burke’s father is John Doar, a 2012 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, and his brother Robert is Mayor Bloomberg’s commissioner of New York City’s Human Resources Administration which is the nation’s largest municipal social services agency.
Occupation, if applicable: Vice President of Sales & Marketing at TRUMPF Inc.
Political Experience: currently serving on the West Hartford Town Council
Why did you run for office? We must work harder on the challenge of delivering our town and school programs and services at higher quality and lower costs. West Hartford must invest in technological and human innovation as a means to increase its efficiency by eliminating redundancies and lowering our expenses.
If elected, what would be your primary areas of focus? As a Councilor my goals are the following:
Provide each of you with the opportunity to save for your retirement, your children’s education or to invest in a new business.
Attract more business to West Hartford.
Increase the property value of our homes.
Enhance the quality and choices in public education.
What do you feel is the biggest issue facing West Hartford today? We are living in competitive economic times where job creation must be the highest priority. We must work even harder to deliver our town services efficiently, with as little waste as possible in order to control our costs so that we can prioritize our needs and remain competitive.What skills do you have that you could bring to the community? During my time serving on the Council, I have learned that we must have Councilors who engage each other and our Town officials in a straight forward - intelligent discussion. We need Councilors who will do the reading and research, necessary to understand the issues especially relating to the revenues and expenses of our town government. I have the experience and judgment to continue to serve your interests and I am qualified for this work.