PRESS RELEASE FROM JAMES O. GASTON, SR.
It is an honor and privilege to run for re-election to the Board of Selectmen. The Board of Selectmen has worked to provide strong leadership throughout the past two years of trying times. Through mutual respect, cooperation, and corroboration the Selectmen have worked well together, this balance of representation broadly expanding a wide spectrum of backgrounds, ideas and experiences. I believe this Balance has served Newtown well.
Much work has been completed, including that involving Parks and Recreation, the Animal Shelter, Economic Development, Conservation, and the Plan of Conservation and Development. However, there is still much work to be completed. Aside from the obvious 12/14 efforts, a number of important ongoing community efforts continue. Some of these include economic development, Fairfield Hills, education, space needs, seniors, arts and culture activities, and property tax relief.
As we address the ongoing matters it is important to acknowledge that no one person or one political party has all the answers. I would suggest that this recognition at the Board of Selectmen level is one of the reasons it has functioned well in both regular and emergency mode. I would suggest that our town is best served when there exist a breadth of Balance that includes knowledge and participation. A Balance in representation of elected officials optimizes the best ability to thoroughly address issues and solve problems. I pledge to continue to work diligently for all of Newtown, and with all our officials, Boards, Commissions and Committee members. Aristotle had it right…Balance is the best optimization of life and virtue.