A religious leader in Newtown is running for congress. Rabbi Shaul Praver has announced that he will be a Democratic candidate in the 5th District. He led Congregation Adath Israel was part of the Newtown Interfaith Council. Incumbent Elizabeth Esty opted not to seek reelection amid a controversy over her handling of a sexual harassment complaint involving her former Chief of Staff. Praver described himself to the Newtown Bee as, “a bold progressive candidate” who will advocate for comprehensive gun laws, medicare expansion and campaign finance reform. He is also interested in prison reform, immigration reform and expanding public education to include pre-K through college.