The political season is heating up with the weather in the Greater New Milford area.

News came Tuesday that five-term Republican Mayor Pat Murphy will seek a sixth two-year term in New Milford (see related story on S1).

In neighboring towns, three incumbent first selectmen are also planning their respective runs for re-election in November.

Washington's Mark Lyon, Roxbury's Barbara Henry and Kent's Bruce Adams have all said they will seek another term.

In Washington, Lyon, 58, is running for a fourth two-year term.

A Republican, he prides himself on managing the town like "the $5 million a year business that it is."

He has taken a proactive stance on addressing the issue of a declining student population and rising education costs facing Region 12 -- the three-town region comprising Washington, Roxbury and Bridgewater.

Projects now underway under Lyon's leadership include the rebuilding of the town highway garage and restoration/repairs to Bryan Memorial Town Hall.

"I still enjoy the job, by and large," Lyon said. "We've got a lot going on and I'd like to see it through."

In Roxbury, Henry is serving her 16th year of managing the town. Both Republican and Democratic parties in Roxbury have endorsed her run for another four-year term.

Henry, a Republican, has overseen major road and bridge repairs as she promised in her first campaign 16 years ago. She noted she has kept taxes down while maintaining infrastructure and will continue bringing in grants.

Like Lyon in Washington, she has taken a proactive stand on addressing the issues facing the Region 12 school district.

"It's wonderful to be endorsed by both parties. I'm so honored," Henry said. "It's such a wonderful affirmation for me. I love my town, love the people in my town."

In Kent, First Selectman Bruce Adams, a Democrat, is running for a third two-year term.

He takes pride in having garnered federal funding for sewer system upgrades and helping to bring the resident trooper position back to the town.

"A lot has been done during my terms, I'm proud to say," Adams said. "There's still a lot to be done. The Schaghticoke issue is coming up again.

"The Bull's Bridge and Kent Falls areas continue to have issues that need to be addressed," he said. "And the resident trooper is off to a good start, but still needs assistance acclimating to the town's issues."

Sherman incumbent First Selectman Clay Cope, a Republican, plans to announce his intentions in coming days regarding a run for a second term.; 860-355-7322