Statement on recent events

As members of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee, we pledge to promote equality under the law and respect for all persons regardless of gender identity, race, disability, ethnic or national origin, or sexual orientation. We strive to uphold individual dignity and to recognize the value of diversity while working to preserve and promote the sense of community that unites us all in our day-to-day struggles and successes. We work to heal divisions in our community and believe that government works best when all the people of Danbury are brought together.

On July 30th, Danbury Democratic Town Committee member Martha Rhodes posted a comment on her personal page about 5th Congressional District primary candidate Jahana Hayes . Her comments were offensive. Her statement does not reflect the attitudes or ideals of the Democratic Town Committee. In no way does the Democratic Town Committee support or defend her statement.

We must strive to be the party of inclusion and seek the participation by and service to all people in our communities. Elected officials have a responsibility to reflect these principals in all we do, especially given the political and racial climate we face.

However, Ms. Rhodes’ inappropriate and gross misjudgment does provide us with the opportunity to learn some valuable lessons – and move forward. To that end, Democrat party leadership is to committed bringing the people of Danbury together to address the topic of race and racism in our community.

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