Jim Brinton, Washington Republican candidate for first selectman in Washington, and his running mate, Sarah Gager, has released a statement about the upcoming election.

“This is a pledge our entire team has endorsed in order that we might break from the pattern of ugly politics and personal attacks that is all too common these days,” their release stated.

“To quote Don Lowe, first selectman of Sherman, in a letter he sent to local papers endorsing Sarah Gager for the Washington Board of Selectmen, ‘….Sarah and I are not members of the same political party. But political parties do not run towns effectively - good people do that,’ ” the release stated.

“We feel strongly that the current state of politics at the state and national level has become an embarrassment,” the statement said.

“We will not engage in personal attacks of any kind on our opponents,” the release continued. “We will continue to inform the voters of the issues and how our team will lead.”

“Our focus is on Washington, Connecticut, not Washington D.C.,” the statement said. “We believe in governing with an informed and involved citizenry. Civility in politics must start somewhere. This is our pledge.”