On June 2, congressional Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf held an open meeting at the IBEW building in Watertown. Everyone was welcome to attend and encouraged to come and meet Mr. Woolf.
Attendees were graciously greeted at the door by IBEW members and invited into the meeting. A large table filled with pizza, vegetables, and water and soda were provided, a thoughtful gesture due to the supper hour of the meeting.
Many of the attendees did not know each other but were more than willing to introduce themselves and to discuss the issues that brought them to this meeting. Although donation envelopes were available, little was said about having to donate to Mr. Woolf’s campaign.
And, of course, the meeting was open to whoever came to the door. Quite a contrast to what was happening across town with the Republican candidate and the $50-a-head attendance fee.
Mr. Woolf gave a general overview of his background with his main focus on how he would approach the political challenges we all face. His film work gives him the insight to delve into issues with an open mind and allows him to see the reality of what Washington policies do to “people on the ground.” These “people on the ground” are you and me, ordinary citizens providing for our families the best we can and, hopefully, building a future for ourselves and others.
The next several months will be filled with campaign slogans, media coverage and the usual hoopla. Before getting carried away with bombastic rhetoric, it will be crucial for us, north country citizens, to listen carefully to not only what the candidates say but to understand the results in our everyday lives of the policies that they promote.
Mr. Woolf did not only come to Watertown for us to meet him; he came for us to speak with him about policies that are important to us individually and collectively.
Both he and the IBEW members are to be commended for their hospitality and willingness to give our community a fresh approach to politics and to Washington policymakers.