By Susan D. Cocco
We love Ridgefield. It’s a beautiful, well-run town. Schools are great. Finances are in good shape. Housing values are rising. Investments and improvements are everywhere. Support for local businesses is strong. Outstanding arts and activities. Lots of community spirit.
Why does Ridgefield continue to be the “place you love?” Because Ridgefield residents have consistently gone to the polls, just like we will on November 2nd, and elected a team of outstanding municipal candidates on the Democratic ticket who not only are qualified, but who are also passionate about serving us. These candidates know that by working collaboratively with Ridgefield’s First Selectman, Rudy Marconi, listening and keeping the interests of the town and its residents at the forefront, Ridgefield will continue to thrive. They are working night and day making calls, door knocking in neighborhoods, having conversations and thoroughly preparing to take on their “jobs” if elected.
Ridgefield usually has avoided the bombastic division that exists nationally and too often today in towns across CT. But sadly, fear mongering, misleading narratives and inflammatory behavior online and in letters does exist in Ridgefield. It is often directed towards those running for this 2021 local election or Ridgefield’s existing elected leaders—State and local. Shame on those who inflame instead of lead. Or use half-truths (if truthful at all) to create chaos where none exists. Equally shameful are local Republican Party members and candidates who decline public, non-partisan debates such as those sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Not a very good sign for future transparency in our local government if the debate-dodgers are elected.
Municipal elections inherently are not as exciting as the quadrennial Presidential contests, or the contests of the mid-term elections. It is often hard to know for whom to vote and why. But there is no vote that you can make with such immediate, tangible impact on your life and the quality of life in Ridgefield than your municipal vote. This November 2nd, contests for the Board of Education, the Board of Finance, and the Police Commission are hot races. Other Boards such as Planning and Zoning, Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Assessment Appeals are vital to our town and are on the ballot. Absentee voting is your right and is available now by requesting a ballot online or by calling the Town Clerk’s office at 203-431-2700. There is time to get and application and to vote by mail.
Get informed by checking out the Democratic ticket at www.ridgefielddems.net. If you love Ridgefield as I do, it is vital to elect a team on November 2nd that can and will continue to make Ridgefield a town which thrives. That is the Democratic ticket on Row A.
The Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee provides this column.