In December 2012, a horrific school shooting took place at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. Sadly, 2o children were shot in the attack. Now, two of the parents who lost children during the shooting are considering running for Congress.
The Hill reports: Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley are reportedly both looking into a bid for the seat held by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), who announced earlier this month she wouldn’t run for reelection, the Stamford Advocate reported.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has lobbied the two, who are both co-founders and managing directors of the nonprofit Sandy Hook Promise, a group that aims to prevent gun violence.
Both of them lost their sons, who were in first grade, in the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012.
According to Hockley, while the two “already live very public lives,” they aren’t sure that they want to hold public office.
“That is why we are continuing to have these conversations with DCCC,” Hockley reportedly said.
Only one of the two would run for the seat, and since they are “best friends,” Hockley said that in a hypothetical situation, whoever doesn’t run will support the other.