Report on the Nov. 3 Lyme-Old Lyme Democratic Rally

With the upcoming local elections on November 5, the Democratic Town Committees (DTCs) of both Lyme and Old Lyme are working on getting people out to vote. This past Sunday, November 3, the Lyme and Old Lyme DTCs held a joint rally at their headquarters to remind people that Election Day is Tuesday, November 5. 

This year’s elections affect the composition of various town boards. While it is an off-year and no state or national positions are up for election, the DTCs have been stressing the importance of voting and reminding all residents of Lyme and Old Lyme to go out and perform their civic duties of voting to support the town. Lyme and Old Lyme’s DTCs have been working together to ensure a positive outcome, and this rally was an example of this partnership to create a better future. 

Around 50 people attended the rally at the headquarters. Members of both Lyme and Old Lyme communities showed their support for the candidates. People of all ages were seen outside—the young children excited by the commotion of democracy yelling “Vote Row A!” at passing cars. 

The main speaker of the event was Jacqueline Kozin, executive director of Connecticut’s Democratic Party. She has been traveling around towns in Connecticut encouraging people to vote in the upcoming elections and stopped by the Lyme-Old Lyme rally. 

“I’ve been really impressed to see the crowds that have been coming out, and for a smaller town, I got to be honest, this is a lot!” Kozin said, when asked what she thought of the event. 

Also speaking at the event were Christine Gianquinto, Chair of the Old Lyme DTC; John Kiker, Lyme Third Selectman and Chair of the Lyme DTC; as well as Bonnie Reemsnyder, First Selectwoman of Old Lyme. All speakers spoke of the importance of the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme working together, supporting each other and the necessity of getting people out to vote this Election Day. 

In both Lyme and Old Lyme, there are contested positions up for election and the DTCs of both towns are working their hardest to get the Democratic candidates in office. This Election Day, November 5, 2019, polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., so make sure to vote!

NOTE:  This article was written by Sadie Frankel, a student at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.