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Nicholas is running for State Representative in Assembly District 67 (eastern and southern New Milford) in 2012

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Nicholas ran in 2010 and won 20.3% of the vote.

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Why I Am Running

As some may know, the initial impetus was the murder of our daughter Rebecca, an '04 graduate of New Milford High School who went to Northeastern University and was shot dead in her apartment in Mission Hill, Boston, May 20th, 2008. As the police investigation progressed, it became apparent that she was not the intended target but was mistaken for someone else, and she was not involved in any way in any illegal activity. People being sent to kill people they do not know is a feature of the illegal drugs business, and if her killing was not directly related to that business, the illegal guns used almost certainly were. I have always been skeptical as to whether simply prohibiting drugs, while perhaps a laudable aim, is actually effective policy. But it had always appeared it was the sort of thing that governments do and there was not a lot that could be done about it. Now I have researched extensively on the subject and asked people what they thought about the War on Drugs and discovered two things. One is that academics and others who study it conclude that it is a waste of time and money, and almost everyone I talk to agrees, too.

New Milford is largely spared the violence connected with the War on Drugs, but we certainly pay for it. We pay for it three times. We pay for investigating crimes and locking up offenders. We pay for the social dysfunction and poverty caused by all the violence and we in effect make a down payment to make sure that we continue to pay for all these things well into the future, by creating the next generation of drug dealers. Now in 2010 we are in the middle of a recession and money is tight. This is the time to stop wasting money on things that don't work and start doing things that work. There are a lot of things that need doing in Connecticut in order to move forward with a vibrant economy, and there is much more in the Green Party platform than ending the War on Drugs, but ending the War will give us the money to pay for all the good things we need. This is why I am running.

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New Milford 67th House seat challenger's candidacy fueled by tragedy and need to reform drug and prison policy Payne said he quickly discovered his views make sense to people tired of political promises that do nothing to improve their lives.

New Milford's 67th District candidates offer different approaches to thorny state financial issues Connecticut needs to revitalize its communities by targeting people who deal drugs to children rather than arresting adult pot smokers.

Father of homicide victim challenges Republican incumbent in 67th District "I'm doing this so other families don't have to bury their kids; that's the real reason,'' said Payne

Hartford Courant: "Green Party Candidates for State Senate and House" Payne said the current drug policy "is a waste of time and money."