Today’s choice for Unsung Heroes is a no-brainer.
Election Day 2023 is over. It would not have been possible without hundreds of volunteers — phone bankers, door knockers, lawn sign placers — as well as the registrars of voters, Town Clerk office personnel, and temporary poll workers who do get paid, but only a paltry fee for spending up to 14 hours sitting, checking names, repeating the same instructions hundreds of times, and watching voters feed their ballots into machines.
“May I see your ID, please?”
We could not have elected dozens of our neighbors without you.
“Do you have any questions?”
The other Unsung Heroes are the candidates themselves.
It takes a leap of faith, a lot of courage, and a very thick skin to run for office.
Candidates and supporters, yesterday at 6:15 a.m. outside the Westport Library polling place.
This year especially, there was a level of vitriol aimed at some that was not in keeping with our usually civil elections.
So to all who ran — the winners and losers, the incumbents and challengers — thank you. You will serve us well.
Now, please: You and your supporters, pick up your lawn signs. Then you’ll really be heroes.
Take ’em down! (All photos/Dan Woog)
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