To The Daily Sun,
To Democrats and Independents:
I am sure that most of you are frustrated with the Republican-controlled administrations, both at the federal and state levels. Rather than sit by and observe the shenanigans from a distance, why don’t you get involved? Start at the local and state level. I will bet that some of you do not know who represents you at the town, county or state level. Next March, only six months away, towns will hold their elections before Town Meeting season begins. It is not too early to start to know who the incumbents and challengers will be. Attend one or two selectmen and school board meetings and see what is happening. Attend Get to Know Your Candidates events. Make a note of who shows up, and, more importantly, who does not. Listen to what they have to say. Perhaps when you cast your ballot in March 2018, you will make a more meaningful choice. Maybe you will even decide to go out and take the time to vote, since the turnout at these local elections is dismal.
How about our state senator, legislators and county representatives? Do you even know who they are? Do they represent more than one town? Where do they live? Is your town part of a gerrymandered district? We are all aware of the political situation at the national level, however, we sometimes pay very little attention to who is representing us at the county and state level. These people have a direct effect on our daily wellbeing.
Next month, I will tell you how to find out who those folks are, how they have voted in the past, how many times they failed to attend or vote on important issues.
Ronald P. Blais
- Written by Ginger Kozlowski
- Category: Letters
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