Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra has announced that she will not be seeking reelection. Llodra told the Newtown Bee that after her four terms, she is ready to end her career as her community's top elected official. Llodra was first elected in a four-way race in 2009 and plans to spend more time with her family.
She told the Bee about the progress that she's helped usher in over the last eight years. Llodra talked about Hawleyville sewer installation, renovations at the Fairfield Hills campus and creation of a skate park. She also presided over the demolition and rebuilding of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Llodra also discussed in the published report construction of the Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue substation, and the new Hook & Ladder headquarters, the new volunteer ambulance station, the dog park and animal control facility, Eichler’s Cove recreational area, and streetscape improvements.
Llodra also talked about the lessons learned from devastating storms that have hit the region in recent years. During her time leading the town, Newtown's bond rating was increased to AAA status.