Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden's Statement on CT's 5th District Election

The opportunity to run for a seat in the United States Congress is available to every American citizen over the age of 25. To be asked to run for that seat by people we respect and admire is an honor bestowed on few.

Over the last few weeks, we have been immersed in this unique and exciting opportunity and have given serious consideration to all the implications that come with such a responsibility, should one of us choose to run.

We know we would lean into every aspect of the awesome responsibility that comes with the job with absolute fidelity. We each would relish the honor to meet and serve our constituency on an intimate and personal level. As we did when launching Sandy Hook Promise, we each would immerse ourselves into studying and learning the issues of Connecticut’s 5th district with the depth and fluency that the privilege of this service deserves. We believe each would be an effective candidate representing the voice of our district in Congress.

Perhaps, one day, one of us will embrace this opportunity.  Unfortunately, now is not the time.

Having both lost children in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, we feel compelled to be with our surviving children during their high school years – we know all too well how precious and short time with family can be.

Also, we are not ready to leave Sandy Hook Promise, which we launched as part of Daniel and Dylan’s enduring legacy, and has become a national leader in the school safety and gun violence prevention movement.  Through Sandy Hook Promise we know what we have built has already saved countless lives, and is still growing and impacting more communities at a remarkable rate. We started this journey together, and right now, we feel we can have more of an impact by seeing just how far we can go together.

We thank everyone who has reached out to us over the last few weeks, offering support and knowledge.  This has been a difficult decision, but we know it is the right one. 


Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley

Co-Founders and Managing Directors, Sandy Hook Promise