We don’t know about you, but January 20th and November 3rd feel like a day and a year ago. We are still beaming with pride over our candidates from top to bottom of the ballot — and you! Fully 85% of our town turned out to make their voices heard on local and federal races, and so many voted from a place of empathy and hope, that we have Representative Lucy Dathan and Senators Alex Kasser and Will Haskell hard at work in Hartford this legislative session, as well as Representative Jim Himes introducing important legislation like the National Green Bank Act to make investments that will pave the way to an environmentally sustainable future, working on infrastructure and transportation legislation that will bring money and jobs to CT, and championing to expand healthcare options.
We’ve told you before but we can’t contain our excitement: for the first time, Representative Himes won New Canaan! We can understand why he achieved this historic first in 2020. Truly, what would we have done these last four years and particularly during the pandemic without Congressman Jim Himes (and our US Senators!) creating a united force with our state legislators to fight for us, protect us, and safeguard our wellbeing. We can only dream of the good our delegation will do in these next two years, and we are privileged to be by their side. We are so appreciative of how hard they work for us, and wish them all the best!
Some overdue thanks: we are beyond grateful for your help, our precious volunteers and supporters, for all the ways you uplift our candidates. We simply could not do it without you!
We know you know that now the real work begins. We have major reconciliation and healing to do as a community and as a country. We look forward to taking that work on with you as we commit ourselves to continuing anti-racism work and furthering social justice and equity in our community, state, and country.
This year has been abnormal in so many ways, including the budget. Our state was extraordinarily lucky to have not touched the rainy day fund the Republicans wanted to raid, and we were able to avoid major deficits thanks to legislators like Representative Dathan analyzing the budget as the Vice-chair of the Appropriations Committee.
Although it might seem like municipal elections equate to smaller campaigning, in municipal election years all funding has to come from the New Canaan Democratic Town Committee and its generous supporters, rather than from state and federal campaigns. It’s expensive to share our amazing candidates with the town, especially via mail and advertising. As a result, we end up spending as much if not more during municipal campaign seasons.
We hope so much to be all together again in person later this year, just in time for the town’s election. In the meantime we’re planning a fun drive-able Scavenger Hunt plus Trivia Night with Rock Paper Scissors for our spring fundraiser on May 23rd; we will continue to host Conversations with Kathleen every month and other online community events and forums; and we have our gorgeous new cookbook, Room at the Table; Recipes from the Heart, from Chopped Champion, Chef Silvia Baldini. We also have high hopes that we’ll be able to all see each other again at our Annual BBQ in September, and we encourage you to keep a close eye on our social media and newsletter for exciting information as we announce it.