A democracy by definition is a government for the people, by the people.
In the Village of North Haven, this concept was practically all but forgotten until just last month, when resident Lawrence LaRose got out, rallied his neighbors, raised some noise and — after appealing to the village board to rescind a newly passed law allowing for a 140-foot tall cell phone tower on village property — was the cause of great change.
The village complied with his wishes and rescinded the law.
LaRose is one of three candidates on next Tuesday’s ballot for North Haven Village Board of Trustees. There are two seats open and while La Rose won’t be receiving our endorsement this time around, it’s not because we aren’t pleased by his efforts to engage in local government and better his community. Even if the cell tower debacle seemingly prompted his foray into public service, LaRose didn’t take his campaign lightly. He did his homework and proved a vested member of the North Haven community with numerous ideas on how to make it better.
But a successful government is a two-way street. And last month, North Haven Village was witness to democracy in its purest form. Because when the people spoke, the village listened.
So we endorse current village board members Jim Smyth and Jeff Sander because they listened to what the community had to say, and put great effort into doing what the people said was right.
What’s more, until this heated election season, Smyth and Sander have served on a board that has worked hard to ensure property taxes remain level, and controversies remain at a distance.
Though we couldn’t see a reason to toss either Smyth and Sander out of their seats in favor of LaRose, we hope he continues to be a vocal part of the North Haven community and are glad for the spark he added to a somewhat quiet spit of land in recent days. We would love to see LaRose get a seat on one of the village’s appointed boards in the meantime where he can really delve into the inner-workings of this municipality. We would encourage others to do the same. Because, if there’s anything residents of North Haven can learn from what transpired this election season it’s this: you do have a voice.