The Lyme Democratic Town Committee today released this statement:
In the wake of the protests spurred by the tragic and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and other African American citizens across this country – which have thrown a long-overdue, national spotlight on injustice – the Lyme Democratic Town Committee calls upon all candidates in the coming November election, who are seeking to represent the residents of Lyme, to pledge their support for reforming our criminal justice system and addressing the issue of police misconduct at the national, state and local levels.
Specifically, we call upon each of the following candidates to make such a pledge:
- 23rd Congressional District Representative candidates Dave Rubino (D) and Devin Carney (R);
- 33rd District State Senator candidates Norm Needleman (D) and Brendan Saunders (R);
- S. Congressional Representative candidates Joe Courtney (D), Justin Anderson (R) and Thomas Gilmer (R); and
- S. Presidential candidate Joe Biden.
The events the nation is witnessing and the concerns Americans across this country are expressing through protests and other means must be translated into laws and institutional practices by the government officials we elect into office this fall to represent us.