Andy Vargas during the recent Candidates Forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill.
City Council candidate Andy Vargas says city councilors need to play a role in improving the city’s less than 20 percent average voter turnout for municipal elections.
Worse, Vargas says, 95.7 percent of eligible 18- to 29-year-old voters stay away from the polls.
“Whereas most councilors’ Facebook and social media pages go inactive until election season, Vargas will continue to inform and engage the public on all mediums, not matter the season,” a press release distributed by his campaign reported this morning. “Further, the City of Haverhill has not yet put out the foldable signs reminding residents to vote tomorrow. Neighboring cities do so weeks in advance of the election.”
Vargas also said the average age of city councilors is 60 years old, and encourages “everyone to be involved in local government and civic engagement, no matter the age, ethnicity, or background.”
Vargas’ campaign is offering voters rides to the polls. Residents should call (978) 228-1233 to schedule a ride.