Town of Mansfield Passes Resolution Reaffirming Support for Truth, Respect for Free and Fair Elections and Orderly Transfer of Power
January 12, 2021– Mansfield, CT--The Mansfield Town Council passed a resolution at its monthly meeting on January 11, 2021 in response to the events at the United States Capitol on January 6.
Town Councilor Ronald Schurin proposed the resolution be added to the regular agenda, and it passed with a 6 to 2 majority.
The resolution reads:
WHEREAS, the Town of Mansfield is united in its support for democratic values, the right of free expression, and the processes of government embodied in the United States Constitution; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Mansfield supports and endeavors to uphold the norms of the electoral process in the United States and appreciates the work of those who have administered that process openly, honestly and fairly in the challenging circumstances of the past year; and
WHEREAS, the members of our community, like people across the nation, reacted with shock and horror to the attack on our nation’s Capitol Building on January 6, believing that it represented an effort to subvert our democracy;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Mansfield Town Council condemns that attack and mourns the tragic loss of life that resulted, including the deaths of two United States Capitol Police officers; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mansfield Town Council also condemns those whose rhetoric instigated or encouraged the attack and cast unwarranted mistrust of our nation’s electoral process; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mansfield Town Council reaffirms our unwavering support for truth, respect for free and fair elections, and deep appreciation of the orderly transfer of power through democratic means that so defines our nation.
“I am extremely proud that our Council took on this important position,” says Antonia Moran, Mayor of the Town of Mansfield. “Although this is a matter reflecting events outside of our local jurisdiction, the resolution is directed at the core of every democratic process and entity throughout our country.” During the discussion of the proposed resolution, Mayor Moran shared her personal experience with the council as a lobbyist and witnessing the emotional result of a close vote, yet the decision was accepted as the democratic outcome. “Respect for free elections is critical to our nation, its past, its present and the future. Free expression and our democratic values must be protected,” she says.
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