The Town Committee

In Stories by Tom Madden

Ridgefield, like other towns in Connecticut, has a Democratic Town Committee.  Our DTC has 24 members.  They’re elected at a caucus that’s called for that purpose in January of each even-numbered year.  The caucus will be held on January 9th at 8:00 PM in the Lower Level of Town Hall.  The people who are elected then will serve from March of 2018 until March of 2020.  Ridgefield residents who are registered Democrats are eligible to vote.

We organize caucuses and nominating conventions.  We recruit candidates.  We stuff envelopes, make phone calls, and knock on doors.  We organize the Chili Festival and the Pie and Politics event to raise money for election campaigns and to rent a headquarters location every year in the run-up to the election.  We organize forums on important issues and offer them free of charge to anyone who’s interested and try to raise the level of debate.  We conduct voter registration drives and mail out absentee ballot applications to people who need them.  We support candidates in local, regional, state-wide, and national elections.  We put out lawn signs, and we collect them, sometimes in the rain, at polling places after the polls close and before the schools open in the morning.  We write letters to the editor, and we provide this column to the Press every two weeks.  (In 2017 we provided 26 columns under 10 bylines with 12 authors.  Every author was a member of the DTC, a candidate for local office, or both.)  We spend a lot of time debating issues.  Outsiders may think it looks like arguing, but we know better.  We’re on the same team.

Join us.  We’ll ask you to kick in a few dollars from time to time and to buy some tickets to the Chili Festival.  We’ll ask you to put in as many hours as you can spare, and probably a few more hours after that.  We’ll ask you for your ideas and energy and enthusiasm.

In return we’ll promise you that it’s inside work, except for knocking on doors and, of course, the lawn sign stuff.  (It doesn’t always rain. It just seems that way.)  We’ll promise you that there’s no heavy lifting, except for moving furniture into and out of headquarters.  And we’ll promise you that you’ll work in a safe environment where you’ll be respected and your ideas will be valued.

You won’t make any money.  You won’t be famous.  There will be times when you’ll be on the losing side, in elections, in the debates that lead up to them, and in the arguments that come later.  But you’ll win some too, and you’ll change the world a little bit at a time.

You can find us at the caucus in Town Hall on January 9th, at our regular meetings on the second Thursday of every month, and any time at ridgefielddems.org.

The Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee provides this column. Tom Madden is the DTC’s Chairman.