Thursday, November 10, 2005

Just Asking

If the Ward 1 election had gone the other way, would the YDN editorial board have written that:
[Livengood]'s first concern should be ward unity. The past campaign cycle was one of the nastiest in recent ward memory, and the alderman-elect must now reach out to [Shalek]'s supporters. While [s]he has brought new voices to the ward's political sphere, [Livengood] must also be able to work with [Shalek]'s campaign team, which included some of the ward's most dedicated -- and vocal -- constituents.

1 Comments:

At 8:31 PM, Blogger Alyssa said...

A lot of Rebecca's supporters have years of on-the-ground experience and good relationships not only with other Alders, but with other city leaders who will be valuable contacts with Nick. I don't think it's unreasonable for the YDN to suggest that he build relationships with some of those people. I'm not simply talking about the UOC, but the folks who have spent years working on early childhood education with All Our Kin, the people who have taken jobs at the Mayor's office and in the gubenatorial campaign, the leaders of the enviromental and clean elections movements. And frankly, connections with the unions are going to be valuable too. The Federation of Hospital and University Employees is, next to the Democratic Party, one of the most powerful organizations in New Haven, and their influence extends far beyond development and unionization issues because they've invested in deep and broad community organizing. A good Alderman is going to need to be able to deal with all of these people, and introductions through folks who have spent years building these relationships will make that much easier to achieve.

My impression is that one of the things Nick's campaign prided itself on was registering people who hadn't been involved or invested in New Haven before and turning them out to vote. If that's true, then it won't be enough for him to rely on them for contacts and support. Given how invested the YDN is in ward unity, I'm sure if Rebecca had won the race, they'd be calling on her to continue the involvement of Nick's supporters.

 

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