You may recall our “Question for All” from our open letter to the candidates:
What do you say to the disenchanted or cynical electorate, who perhaps may feel that neither candidate is going to offer that big of a difference .. that we’re just going to end up with the same kinds of results … and that this election doesn’t really matter in the long run?
What might you say to offer a different point of view to people who may be thinking in this way?
We reached Jason Palitsch on the phone on Monday, who kindly shared his thoughts in response to the above question:
“Generally, I would say that for folks who take that kind of approach to individual elections over time, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The best way to have your voice heard as part of the electoral process is either to run for office, or failing that, make sure you vote in an election.
Not everybody will feel strongly between one candiate or another, or between one side or another on an issue.
But whenever a voter decides that they’re not going to participate, or that their voice isn’t going to be part of the process, they create more distance between themselves and the result, not less.
So I always encourage folks to participate, whether they agree with me or not, whether they feel strongly or not.”
Jason went on to point out that in this election, one of the important differences between him and his opponent is in fact his relevant work experience: he worked on Beacon Hill as a legislative aide for three years.
“One of the key differences between us is experience; I’ve had experience accomplishing things in the State Legislature.”
P.S. Precincts 4 & 5 vote tomorrow (March 31), in the Westborough High School Gym, from 7am-8pm. If you are not sure where you vote, call the Town Clerk’s office at 508-366-3020.
Town Clerk’s office hours:
Mon, Wed, Thu: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tue: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri: 7:30 a.m. – noon.