creates Smart Choice Party after Republicans not willing to endorse
Montville - An unaffiliated town councilor will be running for re-election in November under new political party, Smart Choice Party.
Rosetta Jones has served two terms on the Town Council - the first as a Democrat and the second as an independent endorsed by the Republican and Independence for Montville parties.
decided to create the Smart Choice Party when the chairman of the Republican Town Committee
, Tom McNally, told her
in an email that she
was not a "team player" and expressed unwillingness to endorse her
for a third term.
That decision was arrived at because Jones
and the Republican Party do not seem to have the same goals, said McNally.
was not a "rigid thinker" and was willing to work with members of both parties toward the common good.
She pointed to her work on various committees and membership in community groups, such as the Polish Club and the Chinese and American Cultural Assistance Association, as evidence of that mindset.
"The people of Montville rely (on) and respect my ability to make objective, fair and informed decisions that impact their daily lives," said Jones
in a statement.
"They resoundingly supported my efforts to achieve a more just government, regardless of party affiliation."
has filed the two required petitions - a reservation of party designation and nomination petition - with the office of the Secretary of State.
To appear on the ballot in the fall, she
must file a statement of endorsement from the party, said Secretary of State spokesman Av Harris.