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Letter: Somerville candidate urges voters to think local

Posted by Marcia Dick  October 19, 2011 10:00 AM

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Here in Somerville we "act local."  Somerville Open Studios, SomerStreets, Art Beat, Fluff Fest, Honk!, and the Illuminations Tour are just a few gems that bring our community together like no other city does. Somerville also bands together around important local issues like Shape Up Somerville, Somerville Spring Clean Up, Teen Empowerment, the Community Bike Path, and the Green Line Extension.  Remember the hundreds of residents who participated in the Green Line Extension community meeting the night our beloved Red Sox claimed the 2004 World Series?  Now that is Somerville pride!

While door knocking across the city and attending various community events, I've met many people who are passionate about Somerville.  I've heard great ideas about how to improve the city and keep things moving in a positive direction.  I've also heard their concerns and frustrations.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, the voters of Somerville have an opportunity to help shape the future of our community.  With your ballot, you can help define and fulfill Somerville’s promise.  There are a number of choices for the Alderman-At-Large race.  Take the opportunity these next few weeks to learn more about the candidates.  Most importantly, get to your polling place and vote for Somerville’s future.  

Voter turnout is historically low for elections like the one coming up on Nov. 8. The Presidential and Congressional elections are still a year away.  Ask yourself - what has Washington, D.C. done for you lately?  Tip O’Neill is famous for his line, “All politics is local.”   Local elections matter!  The Board of Aldermen have a direct impact on your quality of life here in Somerville - from city ordinances to city budgets, from public safety to public works, from land use to economic development.

Hey Somerville – let’s shape the future of our great city starting Nov. 8.

VOTE LOCAL!

Todd Easton
Candidate for Alderman-At-Large

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