Monday, Sept. 7, Labor Day, Westport Island Democrats enjoyed their fourth annual picnic marking the traditional end of summer, while at the same time celebrating the contributions of workers in building and sustaining our country. This was a COVID-19-aware event, with nearly 40 attendees meeting outside on a beautiful summer day, wearing masks and chatting with neighbors from a safe distance. Most people brought their own food and drink, but free hot dogs with individually packaged condiments were grilled by Dick Tucker and Pat Smith, and beer and lemonade were served.
Musical entertainment was provided by Barbara Cray and friend, starting with patriotic and folk songs, but the group had fun with some special songs for the political season, including one with the refrain, “Bye Bye Susan.” Younger attendees played with the games provided, with lots of hand sanitizer.
In acknowledgement of the importance of the election in November, this year the trivia contest focused on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It was a good refresher for us to remember how the framers designed a system of government with a separation of powers: The President doesn’t get to do whatever he or she wants, and the object of government should be the advancement of the common good, not the self interest of one person or party.
Representatives from the statewide Democratic party spoke briefly about preparations for the election, and opportunities to volunteer to help elect Biden and Harris, plus Gideon, Pingree, Maxmin and Stover.
Holly Stover, running for re-election as our state representative, reminded attendees of the successes she’s been able to achieve for us, increasing access to health care, improving funding for education, and repairing state government services. The next session of the legislature will face tremendous challenges due to reduced tax receipts from our COVID-19-damaged economy, while needing to help us all fight the virus.
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