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Here’s why you should vote on March 31st!

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.

Visual Depiction for the Undecided

We’ve just posted the closing remarks of Hannah Kane and Jason Palitsch from the Candidate’s Night Forum hosted on March 16 by the Shrewsbury League of Women Voters.

Here are the respective word clouds from their closing statements. “Where’s Westborough?” 🙂

Hannah Kane closing statement word cloud:

Hannah Kane - 2015  closing statement word cloud
Hannah Kane – 2015 closing statement word cloud

 Jason Palitsch closing statement word cloud

Jason Palitsch - 2015  closing statement word cloud
Jason Palitsch – 2015 closing statement word cloud

Jason Palitsch – 2015 LWV closing statement

Here is our transcription of the closing statements of Jason Palitsch, from the Shrewsbury League of Women Voters Candidate’s Night Forum, held Mon Mar 16, 2015 and moderated by Jo-Ann Barry, from the Acton LWV.

For the full video, see this link, or scroll down!

Thank you to Jo-Ann for moderating tonight. Thank you to Missy and the Shrewsbury League of Women Voters for organizing tonight’s forum.

Thank you to everybody for participating.

I grew up in Shrewsbury and I had my values shaped in the town of Shrewsbury,

In addition to being a product of the Shrewsbury public schools K-12, I’ve always been somebody who’s been drawn to public service.

I’ve been a town meeting member from precinct 9 since I was 19.

But as much as I’ve had a drive to give back to my community, I’ve always felt like coming from Shrewsbury has inspired in me the drive to give back.

Growing up in Shrewsbury instilled in me the values of good citizenship, of working with diverse populations, of respecting others. That’s something that I’ve always carried with me.

I’m running for this office because I feel that I have the right combination of experience to be the strong, effective voice that Shrewsbury and Westborough need on “Beacon Hill”.

I’ve worked on “Beacon Hill”. I’ve been a formal legislative aide; I know what it takes to get things done.

But more importantly, I’m a local official.

As a School Committee member for threee years, I know the issues that impact our community.

I know what it is that Shrewsbury and Westborough need to get things done.

And my values were shaped here.

I’m going to “Beacon Hill” to be an independent voice.

I’ve never asked somebody to vote for me because of my party, or for a demographic reason.

I’ve knocked on doors throughout this district asking people to vote for me, because I’m going to be an independent voice who’s open to listening to everybody.

I encourage everybody to reach out to me directly, my cell phone number which is on the School Department’s Website, 508-847-1139.

I want to hear from everybody.

I’m wanting to be that accessible voice, that independent voice, who’s going to represent the interests of Shrewsbury and Westborough effectively on “Beacon Hill”, to make sure our voice is heard.

I’m Jason Palitsch running for State Representative, asking for your vote on March 31st.

Thank you so much for everybody for taking the time.

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Hannah Kane – 2015 LWV closing statement

Here is our transcription of the closing statements of Hannah Kane, from the Shrewsbury League of Women Voters Candidate’s Night Forum, held Mon Mar 16, 2015 and moderated by Jo-Ann Barry, from the Acton LWV.

For the full video, see this link, or scroll down!

Thank you very much for moderating this discussion and thank you to the Shrewsbury League of Women Voters for hosting this forum, and for all of you for participating tonight.

Thank you to my husband Jim, and my three lovely children, I appreciate all the sacrifices that you’re making and for your support and enthusiasm.

And thank you to my bipartisan campaign team and to all my supporters for helping and having all the hard work and sacrifice you’ve each given.

Our state is facing enormous fiscal challenges.

Challenges exasperated and magnified by one party rule in Beacon Hill.

And I think it is very important that we send somebody there who has the private sector experience and has had experience with difficult decisions and balancing them.

We need to balance ourselves with the responsibilities to the taxpayer as well as relying on the Commonwealth and those who need it.

There are 34 Republicans to the 124 Democrats, and there are 37 women to the 121 men in the House of Representatives.

Our state will significantly benefit from moving towards balance and away from decisions made by a singular party immune to compromise.

I’m a mother, a small buiness owner, and a member of the Shrewsbury Finance Committee, and a 13-year Town Meeting member.

I come to this opportunity with significant public and private sector experience.

I’ve lived in Shrewsbury for 18 years, and I’ve been a productive member of the community since moving here.

I’m a deeply committed vocal and successful advocate and fundraiser for the Shrewsbury public schools, while being keenly aware that a town is much more than a school system.

I’ve long understood that we live in a diverse community, and I’ve been a deeply involved leader in many community initiatives.

I’m proud to have the endorsement of the Shrewsbury Firefighters Association and the Shrewsbury Police Patrolmen’s Union as well as the endorsements of Matt Beaton and Karen Polito, our former state representatives.

I have a track record of standing up and taking principled positions in our community while working with people from across the political spectrum in a manner that’s respectful of all parties involved.

I will be beholden solely to the voters of Shrewsbury and Westborough, and I intend to be a person on Beacon Hill who is known for gettting things done.

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