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8 Ways to Get Involved
The beauty of living in a small town like Washington is that your vote and participation can really make a difference. With little effort, you can enter a Norman Rockwell tableau—only this one is real, not just a cover on the Saturday Evening Post.

Here are eight ways you can participate in Washington’s civic life, as well as the activities and causes promoted by the Washington Democratic Town Committee (WDTC).

[1] Vote

Voting is a privilege and a responsibility. To participate fully in the public issues facing Washington and elect the officials who will decide them, you must register to vote here in Town. Then, you must remember to vote on the first Tuesday in November.

Of course, the WDTC believes that the best way to do so is as a registered Democrat. We have prepared a guide to registering and voting, which will get you started down the road to civic engagement here in Town. You'll find all the information you need under Vote.

[2] Attend Public Meetings

One of the best ways to become an informed voter on local issues is to attend Town Meetings and other public hearings. Washington is among the small number of Connecticut towns that are governed by Town Meetings, where Washington taxpayers form the Town’s legislative body. At these Town Hall meetings, many key issues are debated and voted on, such as adoption of new Town ordinances; amendments to existing ones; and special funding appropriations for items not included in the budget. Town Meetings are announced at least five days in advance in Voices, the local twice-weekly newspaper.

Go to the Town’s Web site (www.washingtonct.org) and sign up to receive e-mail alerts about upcoming Town Meetings. When you attend these meetings you will witness participatory democracy in action—a Norman Rockwell tableau come to life. Not infrequently, momentous Town issues are resolved by a vote of fewer than 100 citizens. Join in and become one of those legislators!

At the Town’s Web site, you can also find the meeting schedules and recorded minutes of the Town’s important boards and commissions—such as the Board of Finance, the Zoning Commission, the Inland Wetlands Commission, and the Planning Commission.

[3] Stay Informed

Two good ways to keep up on local issues are visiting the Town's Web site and reading local newspapers:

Web site. At the Town's official Web site, www.washingtonct.org, you will find the meeting schedules and recorded minutes of the Town’s important boards and commissions—such as the Board of Finance, the Zoning Commission, the Inland Wetlands Commission, and the Planning Commission. You can sign up to receive e-mail alerts about important upcoming Town Meetings.

Local newspapers. Local events and developments are regularly covered in the local newspapers.

Litchfield County Times
This is a weekly newspaper which includes some Washington coverage.

This is a twice-weekly newspaper, which covers most important Town Meetings, commission hearings, and elections.

Washington Town Guide
This is an annual booklet, published by Voices (above), which offers a quick primer on how the Town operates; a who's who of its key officers and employees, along with their photographs. Ideal for newcomers to town.

Washington Times
This is the Town’s official newsletter, which is published quarterly.

Statewide newspapers. Three worth following are:

Waterbury Republican American
Daily, with frequent coverage of local politics, albeit through a Republican editorial lense.

Hartford Courant

Housatonic Times

[4] Attend WDTC Meetings

All Democrats are welcome at the monthly general meetings of the Washington Democratic Town Committee (WDTC). They take place on the fourth Thursday evening of the month at 7:00 PM. Location varies depending on availability of meeting space; but is usually in the Town Hall (upstairs level or downstairs in the Land Use Room) or in the American Legion Hall, both located on Bryan Plaza in Washington Depot. For location of next meeting check Events.

[5] Join the WDTC

You can usually tell where a meeting of the Washington Democratic Town Committee (WDTC) is being held. Invariably, it's in whichever room all the noise is coming from! We talk a lot--maybe too much; we argue; we fight; we laugh out loud. We're like any good dysfunctional family. That's what makes our work so much fun.

Seriously, though, we are always looking for committed Democrats to join us and help work for more progressive, visionary, and responsible government here in Washington. Whether you are a seasoned political pro or just an enthusiastic neophyte, we have a place for you, working among us, to improve the way our Town is run.

Here are some of the activities you may get involved in as a WDTC member:
· Organize fundraising events;
· Write & design campaign brochures;
· Host a “meet & greet” for candidates;
· Work at the polls on Election Day;
· Write press releases;
· Stuff envelopes, work the phones, and knock on doors;
· Help get out the vote on Election Day;
· Advocate the Democratic position at Town Meetings and hearings;
· Contribute your ideas to update our party platform;
· Meet and question candidates for state and national office;
· Seek out and vet candidates for local government; and
· Monitor and maintain this Web site.

Responsibilities of WDTC Membership

The members of the Washington Democratic Town Committee (WDTC) advocate Democratic Party principles in pursuit of progressive, responsive government on the municipal, state, and national levels. We recruit as new members committed Washington Democrats who will, at a minimum, pledge to:

  • Attend all scheduled WDTC meetings (unless granted an excused absence by the Secretary);

  • Work on at least one WDTC committee

  • Explore issues to help the WDTC better articulate its policy and campaign positions

  • Recruit new members for the WDTC, as well as qualified candidates for elective and appointive offices, boards, and commissions in Washington

  • Help Democratic Party candidates with election campaign activities by accompanying candidates, working on mailings, and helping to get out the vote

  • Attend candidate events and campaign fundraising events

  • Donate financially to support WDTC operations (an annual voluntary donation is suggested)

  • Resign as an active member of the WDTC if circumstances prevent carrying out these responsibilities over an extended period of time.

Apply for WDTC Membership

If you are interested in applying for membership in the WDTC, you can apply on-line or download forms to fill out and mail to us:

To apply on-line, fill out these forms:
Membership Application Online Form
Skills and Interests Questionnaire

Or download our Membership Application Package including the "Skills and Interests" Questionnaire. Fill them out and mail them in to us.

Or just Contact Us, and ask for more information about joining. We'd like to get to know you better.

[6] Serve on a Commission

Volunteers—your friends and neighbors—run Washington! They staff our boards and commissions, put out our fires, drive our ambulances, and run our library, land trust, and other non-profit organizations.

There could be a position for you on one of the Town’s boards and commissions, giving you the opportunity to participate constructively in Washington’s governance. When there is an opening on a board or commission, the Washington Democratic Town Committee (WDTC) submits recommendations to the Board of Selectmen for a candidate to be appointed to fill the slot.

To find out if there is or soon may be a vacancy on a board or commission, visit the Town’s Web site (www.washingtonct.org) and click on the link for
“Town Board and Commission Members and Terms of Office.”

If you think that you might be interested in volunteering to serve on a board or commission, fill out this online form, WDTC’s Board/Commission Online Application.

Or download the WDTC’s Board/Commission Application, and submit it to the WDTC.

[7] Donate

The Washington Democratic Town Committee (WDTC) is a not-for-profit organization, which relies exclusively on contributions from friends and neighbors like you to fund our Democratic outreach activities. Whether we are sponsoring a gubernatorial debate, upgrading this Web site, printing and distributing mailers to inform voters about candidates and issues, we depend on donations from supporters like you.

To make a donation, please download our Contribution Form. Fill it out and send it along with your check (made payable to: Washington Democratic Town Committee) to:

Washington Democratic Committee
P.O. Box 5
Washington Depot, CT 06794
ATTN: Treasurer

[8] Contact us

To contact us online: washingtonctdems@gmail.com

Or mail your comments or inquiries to:
Washington Democratic Committee
P.O. Box 5
Washington Depot, CT 06794

Download Forms

You can download these forms as either a Word Doc. or as a PDF. Thank you for your interest
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