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IPN Opts To Field No Candidates For Fall Election

Following an August 15 caucus, The Independent Party of Newtown announced it would not be fielding any candidates for local office this November.

Party Chairman Bruce Walczak issued a brief press release touting a number of areas where he said the party and its previously elected members affected positive developments in the community. But he said party members are opting to focus on the community's healing process following the 12/14 tragedy, instead of becoming politically involved this year. 

"Since the tragedy of December 14, like so many others in town, we have been directing our energies on the healing process for our town, focusing on efforts such as the Newtown Volunteer Task Force, Healing Newtown Through the Arts, the Newtown Action Alliance, The Volunteer Center, appointed boards and commissions, and many others," the IPN chairman wrote.

He said IPN members believe they "can best serve the community by continuing to direct much of our personal energies to the healing process, thus the IPN will not be offering a slate of candidates in the 2013 elections."

Mr Walczak said during the course of the election season this year, IPN members intend to offer their "thoughts on ways our government and schools can move forward by stimulating accurate and fact based discussions among the candidates and the public so voters will be well prepared to make informed decisions."  

 He said IPN members "look forward to continuing to provide constructive input on town and school issues over the next two years," and he invited interested residents to contact party representatives with questions or concerns during thius fall's election season.

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The Full IPN Release

IPN Statement 8/15/13

Since its founding in 2007, the Independent Party of Newtown (IPN) has made a significant contribution to moving Newtown forward. IPN has provided the community with greater choices in candidates, encouraged robust discussions and demonstrated real leadership with a focus on quality education, communication, accountability and transparency in government. The focus of our party has always been to stimulate new thinking and new approaches to improving life in our community and our schools. We have advocated for better strategic, long-range planning processes (including a thorough review of the past plans for Fairfield Hills), improved financial review processes, easier access to government data and documents, and better and more effective communication between our local government, school district and citizens. The residents of Newtown have seen improvements in all these areas as a result of our contributions working with our colleagues in other parties.

Since the tragedy of December 14th, like so many others in town, we have been directing our energies on the healing process for our town, focusing on efforts such as the Newtown Volunteer Task Force, Healing Newtown Through the Arts, the Newtown Action Alliance, The Volunteer Center, appointed boards and commissions, and many others. The Municipal Elections are approaching and we believe that we can best serve the community by continuing to direct much of our personal energies to the healing process, thus the IPN will not be offering a slate of candidates in the 2013 elections. IPN is strongly committed to Newtown and will continue to strive for excellence in education and open, transparent, accountable government. During the course of the election, we intend to offer our thoughts on ways our government and schools can move forward by stimulating accurate and fact based discussions among the candidates and the public so voters will be well prepared to make informed decisions. Our desire is to see candidates elected who will build upon the gains we have seen in our community since IPN was founded.

We look forward to continuing to provide constructive input on town and school issues over the next two years and hope you will feel free to contact us with your questions or concerns during this election season.

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