To the Editor:
Every election cycle, the Woodbury Business Association produces an event where all the candidates for state and/or local offices can be questioned about how they plan to represent Woodbury. These WBA forums are great opportunity for candidates to engage voters with the message they are working to convey.
Most importantly, they are a great opportunity for the voters to express their thoughts and evaluate the answers they receive from all the competing candidates.
Looking to make Woodbury better is nothing new for the WBA. This organization has survived the many changes in our town. From sponsoring the original “Woodbury Days” celebrations which originated in the ‘60s and ‘70s, to its annual James Clark Award for Community Service, to its candidate forums, to its scholarship award each year to a local student pursuing a business career, the WBA continues to be a valued organization, with a focus on both our community and businesses in it.
Last week, the WBA again hosted, at the newly renovated Nonnewaug auditorium, its “Question the Candidates Forum” for this year’s November 5 town elections. Regretfully, not all the candidates up for election chose to support or take part in the event.
Unfortunate as that may be, as one of the candidates who did attend, I was happy to spend two hours answering questions and talking about our town.
Thanks go to the WBA for producing a polished event. Thanks to WBA President Rick Richardson for his moderating skills and Joyce Drakeley for her organizing skills. Thanks to the candidates who chose to attend.
And thanks to all who came out to ask their questions and hear our answers. Hopefully the event gave those who came out a good picture of their choices in the upcoming election on November 5.