This Tuesday evening, I attended the Westfield 20/20 Meet the Candidates event and was absolutely inspired. Aside from their impressive credentials, I was awed by the candidates' vision for our town and compassion for our residents.

I have often marveled at the wealth of experience, optimism and intellect the Westfield community possesses. How exciting to see these candidates willingly share their talents and energy to serve our beloved town. They made me want to roll up my sleeves and get even more involved.

Their theme was one of inclusiveness, which has become even more crucial to strengthening our community during these divisive times. It was a fresh take on leadership, one that resonates with everyone in Westfield, regardless of party affiliation.

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I strongly encourage my fellow residents to familiarize yourself with the Democratic Candidates running for our mayoral and town council seats. Meet them in person at community events, listen to their ideas about moving our town forward, and better yet, share your thoughts and concerns. I am sure you will be as inspired as I am.

The Candidates are:

Shelley Brindle- Mayoral Candidate

Linda Habgood- Ward 1 Council Seat

Mike Dardia- Ward 2 Council Seat

David Contract- Ward 3 Council Seat

Dawn Mackey- Ward 4 Council Seat