The Acton Chinese American Civic Society (ACACS) held a forum with Acton’s Democratic and Republican town committees on Sept. 25 at the Bellows Farm Club House. About 40 individuals attended the event.
Former Acton-Boxborough School Committee chairman and Acton resident Xuan Kong said, “Many of us here are first-generation immigrants who are professionals. We think political activities are for someone more experienced. As we will find out, that’s not the case.”
Four representatives — two each from the Acton Democratic Town Committee (ADTC) and Acton Republican Town Committee (ARTC) — discussed their missions and activities. Both are nonprofit organizations, with up to 35 members elected every four years. Members should be Acton residents and registered voters, who join monthly meetings and participate in community service. Scholarships are available to high school students from both groups.
“Anyone who is a citizen should register to vote by Oct. 19,” said Adrian Hancock, ADTC member. “We are generally very low-key. We want people to vote, not tell them how to vote.”
Hancock is a British immigrant who settled in Acton and is retired. Bob Ferrara’s grandfather came to America from Sicily. Ferrara works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with serving on the ADTC.
Ferrara said, “I have a much deeper appreciation for political candidates, they have a tough role. I deeply admire Jamie Eldridge and respect how he works. You always learn something.”
Bill Beebee and Dave Lunger spoke about their involvement with the ARTC. Beebee is retired, while Lunger works at Honeywell.
Beebee said, “Democrats are our compatriots, we are not fighting each other in Acton. We give our effort for the community.”
Lunger said, “The Republican Party was founded to free slaves, as the party of Lincoln.”
Ted Busiek, Republican candidate for the Middlesex and Worcester state senate seat currently held by Eldridge, attended the meeting.
The forum was the third educational program held by ACACS. ACACS board chairwoman Yanni Gou welcomed more people to join the organization, which does not require members to be Acton residents or Chinese.
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