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Marie Cinti lives with her husband and two children in Penfield. A former college academic advisor and school counselor, she is passionate about community service and blogs about life in Penfield, books, events, and more. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and geocaching. If you have an idea for her blog, please email Marie at sfinkels@rochester.rr.com.
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By Marie Cinti
Marie Cinti lives with her husband and two children in Penfield. A former college academic advisor and school counselor, she is passionate about community service and blogs about life in Penfield, books, events, and more. She enjoys reading, writing, ...
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Marie Cinti lives with her husband and two children in Penfield. A former college academic advisor and school counselor, she is passionate about community service and blogs about life in Penfield, books, events, and more. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and geocaching. If you have an idea for her blog, please email Marie at sfinkels@rochester.rr.com.
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Oct. 30, 2013 12:01 a.m.
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By Marie Cinti
July 29, 2013 12:01 a.m.



My 14-year-old son and I have many serious conversations these days: Life, death, religion...and politics. Daniel and I have differing viewpoints on many issues but I enjoy the verbal sparring that occurs — usually while we are driving somewhere together. 



Defending my opinions has forced me (and probably him) to think hard about tough subjects. Daniel’s given me a lot to mull over, and I’ve decided all politicians should be forced to sit in the car with my teen at least once in their careers.



Daniel recently asked me about the differences between the two major parties here in Penfield, and while I could talk at length about the Democrat and Republican platforms on a national and state level, I was stymied trying to explain how those differences trickled down into our community.



Fact is, I really don’t know much about political parties on a local level. What’s the difference between Penfield Democrats and Republicans? Are there any?  And how do these differences play out to affect Penfield as a whole?



Being rendered speechless by my son’s questions has spurred me to learn more about the local political organizations. I’ve decided to turn it into a mother-son project by

?d?r?a?g?g?i?n?g? having Daniel learn along with me — a civics lesson.  



We’re planning on attending a general meeting of both Penfield Democrats and Republicans with the purpose of understanding the organization and how the parties affect governance in our town.  



Both parties have websites: www.penfielddemocrats.org and www.penfieldrepublicans.com with their meeting schedules listed. I’ve also found that joining Facebook groups (for just about anything, really) is a good way to “take a seat at the table” to hear the conversation, and you can come and go as you please.  



I think Daniel is regretting that he asked the question in the first place...

 

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