First Selectman Ruth Epstein is not running for a third term in Kent.

After four years in office, Ms. Epstein wants to return to her primary career as a journalist.

"It's been a good four years," she said Tuesday. "We've accomplished a lot. The cell tower is up. The new firehouse is up and running. Financially, we're doing OK, given the economy."

"I think I've set a nice tone," said the town's incumbent chief executive. "My door is always open. But it's time to move on."

As she announced her decision to the Democratic Town Committee, Ms. Epstein recommended Democratic selectman Bruce Adams to run on the top of the party's slate.

"I think Bruce would make a fine candidate," she said. "He worked well with me and worked hard on the board. He's taken on all the initiatives I asked him to and took on many of his own."

Mr. Adams, who won the endorsement of the nominating body of the Democratic Town Committee, said he is ready for the task.

The recommendation will go on to the Democratic caucus, slated July 27 at 7:30 p.m. at town hall, along with that of John Worthington as a candidate for the Board of Selectmen.

"I believe my experience as a selectman for the last two years was invaluable training and preparation for the first selectman's seat," Mr. Adams said. "I'm ready to step up to the next level."

Mr. Adams cited the hiring of a financial manager for the town as a strong accomplishment made by the board during his term as selectman, as well as other accomplishments cited by Ms. Epstein.

He pointed to being in on the initial discussions on how to best fund sewer repairs in town -- an issue that will be ongoing into the next first selectman's term.

Mr. Adams is a retired teacher, having had a long career at Kent Center School. He switched from the Republican party two years ago when he ran as Ms. Epstein's running mate.

Mr. Worthington is making his first bid for public office. He has a record of public service, however, having worked in a leadership position to secure new headquarters for the Kent Volunteer Fire Department.

He was chairman of three of the town's building committees that shepherded in the new firehouse on Maple Street. The firehouse was completed last fall.

Mr. Worthington's professional career is as building officer for the town of Litchfield, a position he has held for 16 years.

Bruce Adams