Monday, May 20, 2024


The View from the Democratic Chair

By Martha Aasen

Chair, Westport Democratic Town Committee
Special to

Elections in Westport are always hard fought and interesting.

Even in a year with no state or national elections and no first selectman race, we had Democrats and Republicans and petitioning candidates, lawn signs galore, political ads and letters to the editor that filled our papers. 

We Democrats are happy tonight.  We ran excellent candidates, worked hard to get our message out, and retained all of the boards and commissions. 

For 40 years, I have lived in Westport and been involved in our elections, local, state, and national. 

It’s a far cry from the first election nights I remember, as a child in Newton, Miss., a little town of 3,500. 

On election night everyone went downtown to the one main street, the newspaper posted the returns on a large blackboard. 

My uncle who ran the drug store stayed open late and gave all the children free ice cream cones.  The Band Boosters ran a Cakewalk. 

At 10 p.m., my father and all my uncles went off to Jackson (the capitol of Mississippi) to be close to the action. 

Now, in Westport, the PTAs have bake sales and we check the WestportNow Web site to get the results.

Editor’s Note: The chair of the Republican Town Committee was asked to provide a Republican viewpoint as well.

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