Political interests piqued at Linden Ponds

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As summer turned into fall, election season was in full swing at Linden Ponds, where passionate voters prepared to choose national, local, and peer representatives in elections that culminate this month. This summer, the Linden Ponds community welcomed Massachusetts Senate candidates Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren for respective speeches and question-and-answer sessions that drew hundreds of eager, bipartisan audience members.

Sharing political views

The people are interested, and there are more Independent voters than there are Democrats and Republicans combined, says Dight Crain, who lives at Linden Ponds and introduced Senator Scott Brown for his appearance at the community. Dight is a member of the Republican group at Linden Ponds and a longtime volunteer at the polls. Linden Ponds has its own precinct, 6A. The community has more than 1,000 registered voters; among them more than 300 registered Democrats and nearly 200 registered Republicans. In my experience, when Democrats and Republicans share their political views here they always do it in a respectful, pleasant manner, says Ramona Lagos, who founded the Elizabeth Warren for Massachusetts Group at Linden Ponds in late January. It is good to see citizens so aware of their civic duties, both here and in the outside community, she says. The ten-member Warren group collected 325 signatures at Linden Ponds to secure Warren s name on the ballot, more than any other Massachusetts community, Elizabeth Warren field workers told Ramona. The much-anticipated Brown and Warren visits were broadcast live on Linden Ponds TV6 for those who couldn t attend Warren s appearance on the community s outdoor stage and Brown s appearance in its performing arts center. Both candidates spoke to audiences before taking questions from the crowd. Audience members weren t shy to press the candidates on hot-button issues, including the national budget deficit and tax policies. The Linden Ponds groups supporting each senatorial candidate worked with the bipartisan political interest committee chaired by Marty Saunders, who lives at Linden Ponds to orchestrate the candidates appearances. Committee members had support from Community Services Manager Joseph McStowe and staff from Linden Ponds executive, administrative, and general services departments to ensure the events ran smoothly.

Politics on a smaller scale

On his way to speak with the community, incumbent Scott Brown passed campaign boards promoting candidates for Linden Ponds own fall voting event: the resident advisory council (RAC) election. The seven-member council of people who live at Linden Ponds liaises between staff and residents of the community. RAC members serve three-year terms, and this year three new members were selected during the September election. As they geared up to cast their vote in this month s election, the political interest committee also planned to bring in state and county representatives. We got the state s [booklet] on the questions, and people were not throwing it out; people were reading it, says Marty. Community members continue to educate themselves about the issues at hand, through email chains and in conversation. It s about sharing ideas, it s about sharing information, so when you go to vote you make the decision about what is best for your country, says Ramona.

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