A year ago, a presidential election loomed. Westport’s interest was sky high.
This fall, with candidates running for selectmen, RTM and various boards, our enthusiasm seems subterranean.
Hoping to jolt us out of our electoral ennui, Westport’s League of Women Voters is sponsoring a community-wide event. Today, the tongue-trippingly named “Westport — My Town, My Vote” celebration takes place all over town.
From 10 a.m. to noon, League members will man (or woman) tables at coffee shops, delis, hardware stores and (hey, it’s Westport) liquor stores. They’ll offer information on where to vote, and why you should; answer questions, and provide voter registration forms. RTM candidates will be on hand to answer questions.
From 1-3 p.m., a Jesup Green rally will include include candidates for townwide office. The LWV promises the event will be “exuberant,” with music by local bands including Staples’ Sleeping Giants.
National elections are sexy. But local campaigns have a vastly greater impact on most citizens’ lives.
Education budgets. Teardowns and building permits. Assessment appeals. These are things we’re passionate about. They’re decided by people we’ve elected. Or not elected, because we don’t vote.
The LWV wants to educate Westporters about the issues — and the candidates who hope to decide them. It’s up to us to decide if we want to learn.
(For more information on today’s celebration, contact Lisa Shufro: 203-221-1350; firstname.lastname@example.org)