September 29, 2022

New Milford resident says political party uses fear to get votes

Running for local office takes effort and commitment. I have admiration for anyone who raises their hand to make a difference.

I approach each election looking for the best candidate, regardless of party. I do my best to follow both sides to understand our options.

Those of us on social media have seen a campaign by the New Milford Democratic Town Committee over the past month that appears to be focused on getting people to vote out of fear. Images of the national embarrassment of January 6 or Charlottesville became the strategy.

I felt that this campaign was diverting attention from who the candidates are. Why use fear instead of amplifying candidates and what they want to accomplish? So I shared my concern, pointing out that the campaign actually risked costing votes and reconsidering the focus on the city. Rather than taking the comments, I was deleted and can no longer view the page.

I hope that as a city we can find a way to stop the ever growing divide between right and left. It is not about winning “your party”. It’s about selecting good people, with good intentions, to make the good decisions we need them to make. I hope those leading this committee will have the ability to pause and reflect, and find a better way forward – a way forward that unites.

The essence of politics is to debate, argue and disagree, but then come together, collaborate and align on the path forward that is best for those they serve. We have to come back to that.

I wish all the nominees good luck and thank them for their efforts to make a difference for our city.

Heather Pedersen

April campaign