Young people invigorating city politics gives the establishment plenty of pause. And it’s nice to see in this current era of activism. Over the years, a whole bunch of young insurgents took on the establishment and then became the establishment. Still other so-called outsiders threatened the powers and settled for city jobs. When reformers experience power do they practice what they preach?
One week from the September 12 Democratic primaries featuring 9 of 10 district races for City Council, Bridgeport Generation Now and the Greater Bridgeport Young Democrats are pushing reformist agendas in this new era of social media outside the uninspired mainstream, albeit teleprompter aided.
In the video above young insurgents Gage Frank and Callie Heilmann share their take on that so-called machine, the Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee, that’s really acted more like a rusty jalopy in recent years.
When the machine is rusty do you allow it time for a lube job or build something better? Over the next few years we’ll see if the young guns hit their marks or shoot blanks and walk away in frustration. The business of politics takes endurance and timing.
Wednesday night, at the Bijou Theater, Generation Now will host a forum for all City Council candidates, that’s more than 30 if they all show, in advance of the primaries. And you thought the early 2016 Republican primary forums for president were unwieldy?
OIB will be there to check out if more than just candidates and pals fill the venue.