There’s an election this year. You may not have recovered from the last one, and you may be looking forward with anticipation or dread to 2018 or even to 2020. You may not think local elections are important, but they are. The results affect our lives every day.
Ridgefield, like many towns in Connecticut, has a Town Meeting form of government. We meet once a year, usually in May, to discuss issues, to argue about them, and to vote. Some things are decided then and there. Other, larger issues are decided at the budget referendum soon after that. Other matters that come up during the year are decided at Town Meetings that are called to deal with them. We get to vote then, too. And we get to vote for the people who handle the day-to-day business of the town. It’s hands-on, participatory democracy. No one has ever come up with a better system.