Local elections earlier this month were low-key. Most attention focused on the Board of Finance and Planning and Zoning Commission. Both shifted control, from Republican to Democrat.
Our Representative Town Meeting is non-partisan. Still, there was one interesting — and overlooked — result: For the 1st time in memory (probably ever), there are more RTM women than men.
The previous legislative body was split evenly: 18 each. The new RTM has 22 women and 14 men. That’s 60% female.
A local politician wonders if it’s because so many intelligent, highly qualified women have gotten their volunteer starts through the PTA. They’ve learned about town affairs that way — and earned name recognition.
That’s one theory. Perhaps there’s another reason. Or none at all.
The bottom line is: So what?
Westport is blessed with an energetic, dedicated and very competent group of volunteers. They make our RTM go — as well as every other town board and commission.
It doesn’t matter if they’re male or female, Democrat or Republican.
As Thanksgiving nears, we owe them all our most profound thanks.