Earlier this year Rob Simmelkjaer — who ran for 2nd Selectman in 2017 — left his corporate gig with NBC Sports and News to pursue a personal mission.
His goal: Develop a multimedia platform giving people the tools to create and discover great interviews and conversations. His company is called Persona.
Though national in scope, its rollout begins locally this month, with a custom interview service. Today, Rob and I are excited to announce a collaboration: the “06880 Persona of the Week.”
Each week, Rob or a Persona colleague will interview an interesting member of the community. Topics and interview subjects will be varied and unlimited, from local movers and shakers to those doing amazing things well beyond our borders.
Each interview will give “06880” readers a chance to meet a neighbor, and see the amazing things that happen when people sit down to chat.
With elections looming, we decided to start with a sprint.
Between now and Election Day we’ll post interviews with each of the Republican and Democratic candidates for the Boards of Education and Finance. These non-partisan interviews will give voters a chance to get to know the candidates, and encourage Westporters to vote.
We start with the Democratic candidate for re-election to the Board of Finance, Sheri Gordon. Tomorrow: Republican Board of Education candidate Vik Muktavaram.
More candidate videos will follow, in the coming days. After the election, this feature will become an actual “Persona of the Week.”