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Local Elections Matter

By: Emily Tseffos, DPOC Chair

Make time for things that matter.

There’s not a lot of free time to be found around our home these days. Lots of running to and fro, appointments, therapies, etc. I’ve got three kids, ages 6, 4, and 3 and they keep me – to put it simply – BUSY

But last Sunday I had the opportunity to spend a bit of time canvassing in Little Chute in the hopes of helping one of our community members, obtain a seat on the Outagamie County Board. It was cold (and I was poorly dressed for the temps), but it was a good, worthwhile cause.

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of our county boards, city councils, school boards – they are all crucial when it comes to managing communities who aim to be safe, welcoming, and equitable for all of our neighbors. These elected positions are where we see change happen in our communities immediately, and why elections like the one happening on April 5th are so important.

There are certain local candidates who are campaigning and holding tightly to the manufactured outrage that has been created over the past few years to drum up more votes. They focus on things like fighting critical race theory in our schools (with no understanding of what it is), denying science when it comes to communicable diseases and our changing climate, and undermining our democracy by casting doubt on the validity of our elections (while also working to make it harder for minority populations to exercise their Constitutional right to vote).

We will not beat these people if you and I don’t get involved right now to make sure our communities can keep moving forward for all of us. If we’ve learned nothing these past few years, it’s that we cannot sit any election out – there is too much at stake. That’s why I’m asking each of you to make a plan right now to dedicate some time to helping our suggested candidates across the finish line during our GOTV efforts beginning on April 2. We have many opportunities for you to get involved in this newsletter and hope to see your smiling faces either in person or online as we launch our shift canvassing or phone banking

In solidarity,
Emily Tseffos, DPOC Chair