Why vote when nobody’s running?

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To the Editor:

Norwalk’s choice of state representative candidates is severely limited this year: In three of our five districts, a candidate is running unopposed (or nearly so).

No candidate will be on the ballot to oppose incumbent Democrat Bruce Morris in the 140th district (mainly South Norwalk), nor Republican Terrie Wood in the 141st (mainly Rowayton and Darien). In the 137th district, Democratic incumbent Chris Perone is challenged by Republican Art Scialabba, but Scialabba has publicly declared that he will not engage in campaigning (raising money, sending out campaign literature, making phone calls, etc.). He has even stated that he will not debate his opponent.

What do these “foregone conclusion” races mean for voters in these districts? Why vote, since it’s already fairly certain who’s going to win?

To answer that question, it’s important to remember that elections are not about just one race. On Nov.. 4 voters will choose among Foley, Malloy, and Visconti to be our next governor, along with several “down-ticket” offices like Secretary of the State and Comptroller. They will choose between Duff and Dunne for state senator, and between Debicella and Himes for U.S. Congress. In addition, they will get to vote Yes/No whether to amend the state constitution to remove restrictive language; a “Yes” vote would enable the General Assembly to consider changes like no-excuse absentee ballots and early voting.

The League of Women Voters urges all citizens to exercise their right to vote in every election. Don’t be fooled into staying home on Nov. 4 in the false belief that an uncontested race means voting doesn’t matter.

League of Women Voters of Norwalk Steering Committee

Linda Berkoff, Christine Bisceglie, Missy Conrad, Donna Karnes, Diane Keefe, Rosaria Konstantine, Flora Major, Elsa Peterson Obuchowski, Mary Oster


2 responses to “Why vote when nobody’s running?”

  1. Mike Mushak

    Thank you for the thoughtful and timely letter. Please vote on November 4th! Voting is a sacred right in America that is under direct assault by Republicans all over the country as the news is reporting, but not in CT luckily, at least for now. I do wish more women were holding positions of power in our government. Women make up 51% of our population but less than 30% of elected positions. Our next president must be a woman! (Guess who?)

  2. EastNorwalkChick

    Mike, Elizabeth Warren? 🙂

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