Matt Lesser ’09 wants you to remember that it’s voting day today. Students can vote 6am to 8pm at the Middletown Senior Center (the big red brick building at 150 William Street), right across the street from Broad Street Books. Don’t forget a photo ID. And please vote… it takes five minutes!
If you really want a ride to the polls, go to the Office of Community Services at 167 High Street at 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm or 7pm. For the 7pm ride, please meet in lower Parking Lot C (the van will be there by 6:50 so you will not need to wait outside). If you have questions about the election, want a ride at another time, or have problems voting (especially if they tell you you can’t vote) call the Middletown Democratic Hotline at (860) 685 0098.
If you think you might be registered but aren’t sure, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are (not to beat a dead horse) four Wesleyan affiliated candidates on the Democratic ticket:
Matt Lesser, Wesleyan ’09, Candidate for Planning and Zoning, the first Wesleyan student to run for office since the 1980s.
Grady Faulkner, Parent, Candidate for Common (City) Council
Renee Johnson-Thornton, Mellon-Mays Fellowship Coordinator, Board of Education
Bill Boyd, Husband of Prof. Joyce Jacobsen, Board of Education
Four reasons to vote:
- Save the Connecticut River. Currently, storm sewers and sanitation sewers are combined in Middletown, meaning that in heavy rain, raw untreated sewage flows right into the Connecticut River. A sewage bonding issue on the ballot — that city Democrats fought for — would fix this problem, removing a major pollutant from a fragile ecosystem.
- Protect open space. A bond issue on the ballot — again sponsored by Democrats — will raise money to protect farms and open space from sprawl and unwise development. Furthermore, as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner, I will fight for smart, environmentally-conscious growth.
- Fix the achievement gap. Like schools in many municipalities, children from privileged backgrounds score substantially better in Middletown’s public schools than poor and minority students. Renee Johnson-Thornton, Bill Boyd and the Democratic team will fight to fix the problem that other candidates want to run away from.
- Improve Wesleyan-Community Relations. Never have so many candidates from Wesleyan been nominated by a major party. If you vote, you show the city that you care about Middletown, that the Wesleyan community can and should have a voice in the future of this city. Additionally, this is shaping up to be a close election. Wesleyan votes really matter — and could make the difference between a progressive Middletown and a conservative Middletown dominated by special interests.