Westport Town Meeting comes early — sort of

Middle High School students running public forum Tuesday

By Ted Hayes
Posted 2/7/24

Are you a Town Meeting veteran? Or a recent newcomer to Westport from a state that does not conduct local government through Town Meeting? Set aside next Tuesday.

Westport High School grade …

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Westport Town Meeting comes early — sort of

Middle High School students running public forum Tuesday

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Are you a Town Meeting veteran? Or a recent newcomer to Westport from a state that does not conduct local government through Town Meeting? Set aside next Tuesday.

Westport High School grade eight civics classes will hold a showcase on Town Meeting, going over the old New England tradition for all who care to listen.

Students will go over the structure of Town Meeting, the importance of local government, how topics are discussed at Town Meeting, and the history of Democratic government in local politics.

The showcase starts at 6 p.m. in the Westport Middle-High School Auditorium, and it’s free and open to all. If you plan to attend, RSVP via the QR code attached to this story.

According to Commonwealth Secretary William F. Galvin, Town Meeting is the “purest form of democratic governing.”

“In use for over 300 years and still today, it has proven to be a valuable means for many Massachusetts taxpayers to voice their opinions and directly effect change in their communities. Here in this ancient American assembly, you can make your voice heard as you and your neighbors decide the course of the government closest to you.”

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