Re­sults of Nov. 7 elec­tion will af­fect school­child­ren

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Wilhelm Kevin Wilhelm is pres­i­dent and CEO of Mid­dle­sex United Way

We at Mid­dle­sex United Way try to en­sure that we find where peo­ple are strug­gling the most and do our best to be part of the so­lu­tion. Some­thing as sim­ple as a sin­gle vote can be your own way of ad­vo­cat­ing for what you be­lieve in. On Nov. 7, Mid­dle­town res­i­dents will choose be­tween mu­nic­i­pal can­di­dates run­ning for of­fice. While this is not to elect a new pres­i­dent or gov­er­nor, it could have a ma­jor im­pact on our chil­dren.

Ed­u­ca­tion is one of the main pil­lars of a suc­cess­ful com­mu­nity, be­cause re­search shows that as the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion in­creases, so does the prob­a­bil­ity of a stu­dent's suc­cess. With a good ed­u­ca­tion, these chil­dren are far less likely to face chal­lenges in other ar­eas, such as hous­ing and in­come.

We at Mid­dle­sex United Way fo­cus on im­prov­ing the health, hous­ing, in­come and ed­u­ca­tion of our com­mu­nity, and, while United Way is a non­par­ti­san or­ga­ni­za­tion, we do want to en­cour­age you to get out and vote. Among other top­ics, the bal­lot will in­clude a ref­er­en­dum this year re­quest­ing ap­proval for $87.35 mil­lion for a new grade six to eight mid­dle school to re­place Keig­win and Woodrow Wil­son mid­dle schools.

Get out and vote Nov. 7, and make sure your voice is heard. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at vot­ing lo­ca­tions in Mid­dle­town.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit city­ofmid­dle­town.com .

KEVIN WILHELM

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