Democratic View: Resolve now to participate in our local democracy

January is one of the toughest months of the year — and not just because the weather can be cold, gray and treacherous. What makes it tough are the resolutions. “Spend more time with family.” “Cut back on calories.” “Finish the bathroom renovation.” Fortunately, you can make resolutions anytime. Many people who helped with the recent election told me their … read more

Democratic View: Happy holidays

For this last column of the year, Ridgefield Democrats offer our hopes that all Ridgefield residents enjoy a safe, happy and fulfilling holiday season. To those who celebrated Hanukkah earlier this month, we hope you and yours enjoyed a warm, happy and restorative Festival of Lights. To those celebrating Christmas, we wish you a very Merry Christmas filled with all … read more

Democratic View: All American holiday

Although special days of thanksgiving have been common in most religions and cultures for millennia, Thanksgiving in the United States is a uniquely unifying American tradition. Prior to the American Revolution, days of thanksgiving were primarily proclaimed by New England church leaders in response to local or regional abundance. President George Washington designated Nov. 26, 1789, as the first national … read more

Democratic View: Thank you

Tuesday was an historic election and Ridgefield Democrats have much for which we are thankful. Our greatest thanks are to each voter, no matter party or votes cast, for voting. Turnout was high for a mid-term with unofficial tallies of over 12,000 ballots cast, including nearly 1,300 absentee ballots and almost 90 Election Day registrations. That level of participation is … read more

Democratic View: Elect doers, not demagogues

Democrats are the party of doers, initiators, and problems solvers. Across the country and in Connecticut, Democrats outperform Republicans in reducing deficits, stimulating job creation and economic growth, safeguarding education and retirees, maintaining essential services and infrastructure, and raising living standards and quality of life. The Republican Party, meanwhile, is the party of Trump, an organ of demagogues pedaling policies … read more

State representative race brings out team of student volunteers

The opportunity to work on a political campaign is a dream of aspiring public servants, lawyers, advocates and many others who are passionate to make a positive difference in the world. It leads to a deeper understanding of the processes of democracy. It provides hands on experience with organizing, use of data, voter outreach, and communications. Not to mention the … read more

Democratic View: I hear you

Since announcing my candidacy for 111th District state representative, I have continuously expressed my desire to speak with you at meetings, on your doorsteps, at events, and by telephone. I told you I would listen. I have listened. I won’t stop. You told me your concerns. And boy, do you have concerns — serious, well-informed concerns. Here’s some of what … read more

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