SOUTHINGTON – Town Councilor Chris Poulos has decided not to run as a petition candidate after the Democratic Town Committee decided not to endorse him for a third term.
Poulos said Friday that despite an “outpouring of encouragement” from supporters, he will not seek the signatures required to force a Democratic primary.
“I considered this encouragement from residents carefully, but in the end concluded that a primary is not the answer,” said Poulos. “In many ways our community is divided and it would be contrary to my leadership style to model anything but collaboration and unity. I’m not a rabble rouser. I am a proud Democrat. I have served transparently with integrity during the two terms for which I was elected to the Council, and that is the legacy that I hope will follow me.”
Poulos said he had been informed prior to Tuesday’s Democratic Town Committee Nomination Convention that he would not be endorsed. However, he said he was not given a reason why. At the meeting, he was nominated from the floor by a supporter who felt an explanation was warranted. However, he fell five votes short of earning an endorsement.
“None of my votes on the Town Council have contradicted the published Southington Democratic Town Committee platform,” said Poulos at the meeting. “I recognize that at times you may not agree with my stance on an issue, and it’s rarely possible to make everyone happy when you lead, but that is one of the tough challenges of governance.”
Poulos said that he is committed to continuing his approach to leadership throughout the rest of his term.
“People shouldn’t be afraid to take positions during the hard conversations that we must hold to better our community,” he said. “That’s what I’ll do until the end, and I caution all of those who succeed me as municipal leaders, both Democrats and Republicans, to avoid unproductive, politically motivated maneuvers. That approach would serve no more than to weaken the Southington Community.”
Poulos said that after completing his term in November, he plans to redirect his volunteer time and efforts to his long-time advocacy for Southington Community Services.
“I will always remain committed to serving our community’s most in need,” Poulos said.
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