Letter: Meet the candidates Tuesday night

To the Editor:

It’s election season, and with so much focus on partisan politics it’s starting to look like our Connecticut state and federal elections have taken a back seat to what really matters! So if you want to learn about the candidates running for office and focus on the issues, mark your calendars.

On Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., the Ridgefield League of Women Voters and the Ridgefield Library are co-sponsoring a forum at the library with the candidates for the Connecticut State Legislature —  John Frey (R) and Aimee Berger-Girvalo (D) for the 111th District; and Michael Ferguson (R)) and Kenneth Gucker (D), for the 138th District; and Toni Boucher (R) and Will Haskell (D) for the state Senate’s 26th District. Voters may submit questions for the candidates written on League-provided note cards by 6:50 p.m.

This is an opportunity for constituents to determine whose views they agree with; who is the most knowledgeable on the issues; and who has the leadership qualities they are looking for. It’s a chance to judge the candidates' characters, communication skills, and ability to think on their feet.

And on Oct. 21 at 4 p.m., Fairfield County chapters of the League will present a debate between candidates for the 4th Congressional District — Jim Himes (D) and Harry Arora (R) at Wilton High School.

As a nonpartisan organization the League doesn’t support or oppose political candidates or parties. We do however make every effort to provide voters with opportunities to make informed decisions about the candidates and the issues important to them through educational events  like these forums and debates.

So come to the State Legislators’ Forum on Oct. 2 and the 4th Congressional Debate on Oct. 21, and leave as a well-informed, educated elector ready to cast your votes with confidence.

Marilyn Carroll

President, Ridgefield League of Women Voters