You’ve probably heard of them, but how much do you know about them and how they affect the lives of people in Bridgeport?
How can any town committee improve Bridgeport’s civic climate? How can people become more involved?
A town committee’s primary function is to select and endorse candidates to run for political office. They also raise funds and provide campaign support. In some communities, they inform, educate and highlight issues to draw more voters to their cause. They should represent community diversity and advocate for shared interests.
In Bridgeport, where the Democratic Party has a 10:1 voter registration advantage over the Republican Party, DTC-endorsed candidates usually go on to win the general election, especially when there is no primary. The DTC has had the same leadership for decades. Many citizens feel disenfranchised. This contributes to low voter turnout.
What can we do to make things better?
More citizens need to become informed, get involved and win seats at the table. Let’s discuss what healthy and vibrant committees look like, what they can do, and how you can run for a seat on a town committee.
A panel of current and past Bridgeport town committee members will share their experiences, insights and personal opinions.
Panelists: Sauda Baraka, Christopher Caruso, Vincent DiPalma, Lisa Parziale, Rick Torres