In Connecticut, Green Party member Nicholas Payne wants to be next State Representative from the 67th District. The candidate is quite clear about his motivations:
“I’m doing this so other families don’t have to bury their kids; that’s the real reason,” said Payne, whose 22-year-old daughter, Rebecca, a Northeastern University student in Boston, was shot to death in her off-campus apartment two years ago.
From what they have learned from the active investigation into their daughter’s murder, Payne said he and his wife, Virginia, have come to believe the unknown killers are somehow connected to the city’s drug trade. Detectives informed Payne and his wife, Virginia, that their investigation determined that their only child had no drug connection and was not the intended target of the crime.
That bit of comfort is not enough to quell the grief this couple lives with every day. So Payne opted to channel that grief so he can make a difference. Running for state legislator seemed an appropriate route, he said.
Payne’s primary campaign focus is the legalization and regulation of illicit drugs. The candidate adds that, “The expense of the state’s failed drug policies are a “tragedy for some, but a waste of money for everyone.”
His opponent, five-term incumbent Clark Chapin, is an assistant minority leader and the Republican ranking member of the Environment Committee. There are no other candidates in the race. Payne does not currently have a fleshed-out website, but he does appear to be running an active campaign targeting Democratic and unaffiliated voters via moped.