Erica Schwarz of Shelton is re-starting the inactive Shelton branch of the Bridgeport Area League of Women Voters (LWV) and is looking for Shelton residents who are interested in participating.
The Bridgeport Area League of Women Voters includes Bridgeport, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull as well as Shelton, but there had been no active leaders to carry on any tasks in Shelton in recent years.
The LWV is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government and works to increase understanding of local public policy issues.
The LWV does not endorse any candidates or political parties. The goal of the organization is to increase voter participation so that elected leaders represent the entire community.
Hard to find voter information
Schwarz recently moved to Montgomery Street in Shelton from outside of Boston, where she was politically active. In Shelton, she said she was surprised that — only six weeks before the November election — she was unable to find a complete list of candidates for the local election, and she had received no campaign mail, despite having registered to vote locally in July.
“I’m eager to get involved in my new home community, but it’s been hard to find information about the upcoming election,” Schwartz said.
“Restarting the Shelton branch of the League of Women Voters is a great way to help get information on candidates out to the public and increase the public’s participation in our local government,” she said. “I hope to meet a few others who want to join me in this effort.”
Shelton residents interested in getting involved with the new LWV Shelton division may contact Schwarz at 617-233-2394 or Erica_Schwarz@hotmail.com. Both women and men are welcome to participate in the organization.
Posting nonpartisan election information
To start, Schwarz said she will be working to get information on candidates for the Nov. 5 municipal election posted on the city’s website, which she said still shows information from the 2012 election. This year’s election includes races for mayor, Board of Aldermen and other local boards and commissions.
She also plans to put some information on the local LWV website and to try to list information in other appropriate venues in the city.
Activities in future years may include candidates forums, voter registration drives for new Shelton residents, and voters guides with information from the campaigns of candidates up for election, Schwartz said.