Mayor Pat Murphy will again lead the Republican ticket in her bid for a fourth term as New Milford's chief executive.

Her decision, announced July 9, is one that party leaders anticipated and applaud as they put together the ticket for their July 21 caucus.

"There are a lot of projects in motion that I helped initiate that I want to see through, not least of which is Grove Street/Route 67," Mayor Murphy said.

"Through the farm preservation program," she added, "I have the hope of saving farms on Ridge Road. There are STEAP grants coming in that will allow us to build tennis and basketball courts and put in new sidewalks on the Green."

The mayor displayed her enthusiasm for her job as she explained her decision to seek another two-year term.

"There's so much in motion," she said. "It is fun to participate in the celebration of what we have here in New Milford. There's an exciting variety of venues and areas that comprise this town and the POCD is just now being updated. It's a great opportunity to help New Milford have the best of everything."

Republican Town Committee chairman Pat Sherry is not naming other candidates who will run on the ticket until the caucus, which will be at 8 p.m. at the Holiday restaurant. She did, however, say many incumbents are running for re-election.

Republican Joe Failla does not intend to run for a second term on the town council. He was appointed last September. He had served for 18 months on the Board of Education prior to that.

"I have too many other commitments," Mr. Failla said Tuesday. "My law practice has become much more involved. Between work, family and my seat on the council, something has to give and political involvement is it at this time."

The Democrats are losing a long-time political figure in the town. Shelly Pruss does not plan to run again for his seat on the Board of Finance. He has served four years on the finance board, seven years on the town council, and ran for mayor in 2003.

"I've done this for 16 or 17 years," Mr. Pruss said. "It's time to take it easy and enjoy my grandchildren. I'm still going to stay on the Youth Agency board but I'm ready to retire from politics."

Democrats will caucus July 22 at 8 p.m. at Pettibone School. Town Committee chairman John Lillis declined this week to comment on any candidates who will be named to the ticket at that time, but said many incumbents are running for re-election.

Larry Stillman, who made an unsuccessful bid for mayor in 2007, will run this year for a seat on the Board of Education. Dr. Stillman sat on the education board for four years before running for mayor and said Tuesday he misses the involvement.