NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra will not seek reelection this November, according to the Newtown Bee.
Llodra, a Republican, was first elected to her position in 2009 and has served four terms as first selectman. She told the Newtown Bee in an interview that while she will continue to live in Newtown and support the Republican Town Committee, she and her husband Robert have been looking at getting a winter home to escape Connecticut's winter weather.
Llodra led the town through the aftermath of the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 children and six adults dead.
“Pat Llodra is a remarkable leader who puts the needs of her constituents and neighbors above everything else. During the town’s darkest hours, Pat worked day in and day out to bring stability, peace, and unity when her community needed it most," said Gov. Dannel Malloy.
"Having spent many hours with her in the weeks and months that followed, she became a true and trusted friend, and I thank her for her partnership during those trying times. There’s no doubt that her service to the Town of Newtown will forever be regarded as courageous, compassionate, and resilient.”
Her proudest accomplishments that she mentioned to the Newtown Bee included handling budget cuts from the state, controlling spending, reducing debt, public/private developments such as new fire and ambulance stations and a dog park, streetscape improvements, and maintaining the quality of life for Newtown residents.
“I want to thank Pat for her service to the people of Newtown, particularly her tirelessness and empathy when tragedy struck the community," said Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. She is a true public servant and excellent civic leader.”