To the Editor:

“All politics is local.”

Popularized several decades ago by Tip O’Neill, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the familiar phrase is as true today as it was in the 1970s and ’80s.

It means that at the end of the day, voters are most concerned about issues that affect their personal lives, their homes, and their communities … and vote accordingly.

We totally agree. Our concerns are all about Jefferson Township – which is what inspired us to run for local office.

As candidates for the Town Council, we are all about “local.” Like you, we live in the township, volunteer in the township, and raise our families in the township. We shop in the township and dine in the township.

We are not die-hard politicians with years-old political baggage and alliances. We do not owe patronage or favors to anyone. We are not political ideologues, rooted in sedentary ideas.

We are residents – we are your neighbors – who want to have a voice in local government. We aspire to be two of the people in “government by the people,” a primary mandate of a true democracy. Our goal is to initiate a true bipartisan local government in Jefferson.

We hope that as our neighbors, you will think “local” when you vote next Tuesday. Of course, it is true that we all have regional and national concerns and take positions on those concerns. But when it comes to the issues at the very top of mind, our greatest concerns are local.

Your concerns are ours as well, which is why we ask for your vote. Pulling the lever for Doug Helmstetter and Dan Malloy means votes for “A Shared Voice for Jefferson” and a true democracy.

Doug Helmstetter and Dan Malloy, Democrats
Jefferson Township Council Candidates
Doug Helmstetter for Town Council, Facebook
Dan Malloy for Town Council, Facebook

Editor’s Note: This op-ed was submitted to our newsroom and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Jefferson Chronicle or its staff.

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