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I grew up under the New England Town Meeting form of government.
The workman standing up to address the Meeting could well have been my dad.
We were a large enough town the we had a representative assembly, the members of which could vote on the warrant issues.
Any registered voter could speak before the Meeting.
Voting members had to be elected every year. My dad was elected 16 years in a row.
The two "Suits" looking up, those would be Mr. Jamison and Mr. Blakely, a CPA and an Attorney, who supported my dad every year.