Monday, December 9, 2013
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Jennifer and David Johnson are running against each other for Ward 1 clerk in November. Jennifer as democrat and David as republican.
Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans
David Johnson was working a long day Tuesday in Brunswick but took a short break to comment, urging voters to cast ballots Nov. 5.
“I, like many who are getting along in age, feel that voting is not just a right, but it’s a responsibility,” he said. “Ultimately, people that don’t show up and have the ability to do so obviously don’t care enough about the community to be a part of it, and that’s sad. Every election is important and every vote counts. If you care about Waterville, show up.”
Jennifer said the couple urges people from opposing political parties to compromise on important issues.
“We’re doing that in our marriage every day, and there’s no reason people in other parties can’t listen to each other and say, ‘I’m hearing where you’re coming from,’ and listen respectfully,” she said.
She urges people to educate themselves about candidates and issues before voting.
“If you don’t do that, then you get things happening in government that you might not approve of, like shutdowns. I thought that it (the government shutdown) was completely ridiculous. I thought that it was unnecessary and not in the best interest of the country. It was truly an embarrassment.”
She said the couple do not plan to be at the polls on Election Day, as he will be working and she will be volunteering at the Mitchell School.
“We don’t intend on being on the ballot again,” she said. “This has been fun, but it’s not where our passion to serve the community is.”
Instead, they plan to help Dubois, the city clerk, on future election days, she said.
Amy Calder — 861-9247