If your household is like mine, your mailbox this week has been chock full of mailers from candidates and the charter committees. The photo here shows the nine mailings we received just today.

For candidates, especially first timers in council and school committee races, these mailings represent a huge part of their budget and countless hours are spent agonizing over each and every word, color and photograph.

Given that Village 14 visitors aren’t just likely voters, Village 14 readers will vote, I’m wondering what you do with these and what you consider to be an effective mailing or not? Do you take out a magnifying glass to read those 8 point type list of endorsers? Do you toss them? Save them? Share with family or friends who may not be as involved as you?

And most importantly do these mailings ever actually influence your vote?

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