“Who did you vote for?” my students asked me in school today. As a teacher, I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to tell them who I voted for in the presidential race. I had mentioned that I was undecided, and that was true. I didn’t decide who to vote for until I woke up on Tuesday morning. Then I went and voted. I did, however, reply to their question.
I don’t typically talk about politics. Ever. Like religion, it’s not one of my favorite topics. Inevitably, people will dislike what I say and we’ll end up arguing, so I avoid discussing it. Oh well… here we go.
Rosa DeLauro is well-known in our area. This will be her 10th term as congresswoman. Rosa is a friend to education and to the middle-class. In addition, it was reported that Rosa won over 80% of the vote last night. That’s quite an accomplishment, not to mention that there were two opponents: a Republican and a Green Party member. I figured it was okay to share that I voted for her.
The other two do not represent the town in which I teach, so I went ahead and told my students. I met State Senator Ed Meyer at a farmer’s market last summer. He had come out to meet people, talk about how important local farmers were to him, and talk about energy. I liked what he had to say. Also, when I emailed him with questions, he wrote back and gave me his home phone number. I was impressed.
Vin Candelora is my town’s state representative. He is clearly visible in town, and writes a column in our town paper. When I emailed him a question for a paper I was writing, he was more than helpful in his reponse, continuing to talk to me via email and giving me great ideas. He cares about town issues that matter most to me, including preserving farmland and open space and the ongoing road construction. There was no question that I would vote for him. Vin ran unopposed, so it appears that other people are happy with him as well.
I hope you are all as happy with the results of your local elections as I am.