We face a global pandemic, a deteriorating climate and economic uncertainty. And that is before we get to any local issues. This pandemic has disrupted work and school and limits our normal social contact, forcing us to resort increasingly to virtual interactions. With social media bubbles that exacerbate the divides, we need our local elected officials to know us and represent our needs and best interests and be engaged in building community and working to solve. our problems in ways that bring us together.