Thank you, Ward 2!

 

I did not win the Town Council race— but I did have an amazing experience, over the last several months, traversing all 7 districts of  Ward 2, and ringing over 2,000 doorbells to listen to and communicate with Democrats, Republicans, and Unaffiliated voters.

Maybe we met at the Farmers’ Market, or maybe it was your front door.  Perhaps you offered me a cold glass of water during the dog days of summer, or invited me in to escape the chill autumn air. You asked me in out of kindness, without concern about my party affiliation.  I wore out my favorite pair of shoes, but it was worth it, because I learned that our mutual concerns cut straight across party lines, and we have more in common than we realize.

Along the way, I hope I helped make the world a better place right here in our ward, by giving my fellow residents information about  town or county services that could help them, by providing answers and information about the town and county governments, or by getting voter registration forms into the hands of young adults.  I will continue to stand with you, and to advocate for you.  Although the struggle for social and economic justice and equality may at times seem daunting, I know that by working together we shall approach the more perfect union foretold by our founding fathers —  please do not hesitate to let me know if I can help you.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to share what is important to you; you reminded me that we all love and care about our town. Thank you to those who warned me to watch out for traffic around the bend, or to be sure to visit a neighbor across the street who’d want to hear what I had to say. You reminded me what I discovered decades ago as a new teacher in the Wayne Schools-- it’s the people of Wayne that make our town what it is.

Dianne Douthat,
Proud Resident of Ward 2, Wayne Township