To the Editor:

I would like to thank all of the people who asked me to run for state representative for the 67th District in New Milford.

Your encouragement and offers of help are deeply humbling.

This is what makes New Milford a truly great place to live, work and raise a family, as I have stated for the last two decades.

My reasons for not seeking this office are many but revolve around one central theme.

That is: finishing what the citizens have elected me to do -- just being re-elected to my fifth term on Town Council in November, a member of the Sewer Commission, an economic development commissioner and board member on the Economic Development Corporation.

I know there are a lot of items to complete in the next two years that would benefit New Milford for decades to come.

Some of the items I will be working on, along with the mayor's office and other boards and commissions, are:

Five-million-dollar road bond -- This would allow the town to continue upgrading and repairing our road system with less impact on our taxpayers over the long term, with extended financing.

Revolving loan and a revolving facade loan fund -- the Economic Development Corporation is working on providing a funding source to help businesses/building owners maintain or upgrade their buildings.

The revolving loan fund will help businesses with temporary loans. Also, micro loans that can provide financing to startups and small businesses to increase business activity. Increased activity means jobs.

Sewer pump stations -- these are needed to expand the commercial base along Route 7 to provide much needed taxes (to help offset the taxes on the homeowner) and jobs.

Other items we are working on are upgrading the economic development website, creating a strategic plan for the town, the 2012-2013 budget, rail restoration, etc.

These items will be a positive impact on our town for decades to come. I plan on seeing these through to completion.

One of the greatest assets is the volunteers who make this town the envy of other towns.

Working alongside these fellow citizens, I see the true spirit of civic pride and the opportunity to make New Milford what it is... the crown jewel of Litchfield County.

So for the next two years, I am excited to complete this work and look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.

Thank you again for your trust. God Bless.

Peter Bass

New Milford