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Two talented Democrats hope to represent us in Connecticut’s legislature this November—Christine Palm for state representative and Norm Needleman for State Senate.
Who sits in state government matters. Legislatures are final bulwarks against federal assaults on our democracy, health care, environmental laws, women’s safety and reproductive rights, public education, immigration, and fair economic/tax policies. Christine and Norm will vigorously protect our interests.
Christine has already been a strong advocate for us as a 10-year staffer at the General Assembly’s Commission on Women, Children, and the Elderly. She’s been a small business owner, educator, news reporter, and mother of four. Though a first-time candidate, Christine’s experience and leadership earned her endorsements from U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney and President Barack Obama.
Norm’s a four-term Essex first selectman who understands the needs of small towns from 20 years’ experience. He’s achieved bipartisan consensus, solved problems, and kept property taxes among Connecticut’s lowest without cutting services. As CEO and 30-year Essex business owner, he also employs 150 people and serves on the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce. His common-sense approach puts people ahead of politics.
Some discouraged residents I’ve met this fall told me they weren’t voting in November. Elections have consequences, and they’re won as much by those who don’t vote as by those who do. In 2016, 40 percent of all voters stayed home—500,000 in Connecticut. Our 12-town Senate District race had 73,634 registered voters, but 18,132 didn’t vote—an average 1,511 per town. Another one in five didn’t even register.
Voting is an act of faith—our best shot to say who represents us, what issues get addressed, and how our money is spent. The right to vote is basic: without it, all others are meaningless. I encourage your readers to be champions for democracy and to vote Nov. 6.
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