Let’s do this, New Paltzers!
Here’s the letter I wrote to the New Paltz Times:
I have been following the fascinatingly bizarre upcoming Town Board election with interest. As a member of a third party (the New Paltz Green Party) that runs write-in campaigns all the time, it’s wonderful that so many diverse candidates are forced to run write-in campaigns this time around. For once, people will be truly free to vote for who they believe in without the pressure of a party line. It is heartening to see so many people throw their hats into the ring. Hooray for democracy!
Though several intriguing candidates are running, I am going to be writing in Brittany Turner for Town Board. As regular readers of this paper know, Brittany’s knowledge of the political scene is wide, deep, and astonishingly clear-headed. I can’t think of anyone who would better represent this town than someone who has been following the political goings-on for years with brains and a good heart. I believe that Brittany would serve on the Town Board in the style of an old-fashioned public servant (as opposed to many of our local politicians–regardless of their party–whose puffed-up egos seem to be their first guides) and would truly engage the town in the decision-making process.
As well, Brittany is twenty-six years old and a renter — in a college town in which the median age is 22 years, this means a lot. In contrast to practically everyone on both the town and village boards who are homeowners far out of college, Brittany understands the unique needs of our unique town.
Brittany is in favor of studying Town and Village unification and opposed to Crossroads as it currently stands. She is currently the Coordinator of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation and a board member of Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley. Clearly, she is an experienced leader with a deep commitment to progressive values.
Remember to bring a sharpened pencil and an informed mind to the voting booth on November 4.