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South Windsor Democrats tap King to replace Hockenberry on council

SOUTH WINDSOR — Democrats on May 17 are expected to nominate Water Pollution Control Authority and Inland Wetlands Agency/ Conservation Commission member Steven King Jr. to serve out the remainder of Councilwoman Mary Justine Hockenberry’s term on the Town Council.

Hockenberry, 56, resigned on May 3 because she hopes to open her own seamstress business in July.

The Democratic Town Committee unanimously approved King’s nomination to serve on the council on May 7. The full Town Council could vote on King’s appointment at its June 7 meeting.

Hockenberry, whose term expires in November, took her seat on the council in 2017.

“I think Steve has a terrific background in community work,” said Mayor Andrew Paterna, referring to his service on the two town boards. “He has a master’s of business administration from the University of Connecticut and is someone that is committed to serving his community. We are happy to have him join the team as a member of the Democratic Town Committee. He is a hardworking person who will help serve the community.”

King, who could not be reached for comment in time for this article, has served on both the Inland Wetlands Agency and Water Pollution Control Authority since 2020.

Democratic Town Chairman Anthony Duarte said King’s strong academic background makes him an excellent candidate for the council.

“We look forward to his success as a member of the Town Council for many years,” Duarte said in an email.

King works in sales and business development for OtherDesigns, a printing company in town.

Stephen Wagner, who serves with King on the Water Pollution Control Authority, nominated him at the Democratic Town Committee meeting.

Wagner said King’s bachelor of science degree in marketing from Pennsylvania State University and his MBA from UConn prepare him for the complexities of town finances. He also cited King’s leadership positions in his college fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for Black men, as also preparing him for the role of councilman.

“He is fully invested in South Windsor,” he said of the town resident, pointing to his commitment to the town as a place he lives and works in, including his time serving as coach of the South Windsor Soccer Club from 2017 to 2019. “This is the kind of guy who takes two years off his career to serve as a stay-at-home dad.”

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