I was pleased to see many new faces at the Needham League of Women Voters Candidates Night Monday evening. Several people I talked with were very new to Needham; others had lived in town for several years. Several were new candidates for Town Meeting; others expressed a desire to get involved and take action in response to what has happened nationally in the last six months.
This is very encouraging. What happens at the local level has the greatest impact on our lives, and it’s also at the local level that we can have the greatest impact on our government. It is in our communities where those ten famous words of Abraham Lincoln – “government of the people, by the people, for the people” truly come to life.
The bulk of the event, as always, featured statements and Q&A for the candidates from the contested races – Board of Health and School Committee. If you were not able to attend, you can watch it on demand from The Needham Channel through the video widget on this page. The School Committee candidates section begins at 48:00 minutes into the program.
At the end of the meeting, Town Meeting candidates were invited to introduce themselves to the audience. Twenty or so were in attendance – a nice turnout. This year the League invited Town Meeting candidates to submit a short (300 characters) summary of the three top issues facing the Town. You can see the responses submitted along with a list of all the candidates here on the League’s web site. The Town Clerk’s office provides this list of all Town Meeting members.