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A five day Inaugural Celebration is scheduled for Governor Elect Phil Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Elect Sheila Oliver with events beginning January 12th and concluding January 16th, when the Swearing-In Ceremony takes place in the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ. Tickets to the Inauguration are required for entrance. Later on the evening of the 16th, from 7:00 - 11:00 PM you can dance the night away at the Inaugural Ball at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
The Inaugural Experience begins with an Interfaith Prayer Service in Newark and a "Thank You" event in Newark to show gratitude to the home of the Murphy for Governor Campaign. On Friday, January 12 at 12:00 Noon an Interfaith Prayer service will take place at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The event is free, however registration is required. Please click HERE for details and to register.
Of particular attention, on Monday, January 15th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, the Inaugural Committee is calling for a day of volunteer action and service to participate in a designated volunteer event in your community.
For tickets and information about the 5 day event visit www.njinaugural2018.com
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The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) is hosting a 2 day training class: Ready to Run® on Fri/Sat March 9th - 10th at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers - New Brunswick.
Ready to Run® offers real-world training and advice from experts on how to launch a campaign or get involved in public life. Ready to Run® is a national network of non-partisan campaign training programs committed to electing more women to public office.
Participants will walk away with: "how-to" instructions on running for office; fundraising and media skills; strategies for positioning yourself for public leadership; a better understanding of party politics; and effective internet strategies for campaigns and advocacy
Elección Latina - CAWP and LUPE Fund, Inc., together with a steering committee of leaders in the Latino/a community, sponsor Elección Latina, a preconference session of the New Jersey Ready to Run® Campaign Training for Women. Elección Latina participants attend a half-day session that targets issues of particular interest to Latinas running for political office.
To register & for info please click the following link www.cawp.rutgers.edu
Registration is $150 if you register by Feb 3 and $195 after Feb 3. There are a limited number of scholarships are available. For consideration, please apply for the scholarship on the following link www.events.r20.constantcontact.com/register
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The Hunterdon County Democratic Committee hosted a CD7 Candidate Forum on Sunday January 5th to a maximum capacity audience of 300 attendees at the Stangl Factory in Flemington, NJ. All seven declared Candidates were on hand to answer questions asked by Moderator, Marianne Rampulla, who is Vice President of the Raritan Township Democratic Club (RTDC). HCDC Chairwoman Arlene Perez kicked off the event by welcoming everyone and thanking them for venturing out on a very cold winter day. Karen Becker, who is the RTDC Secretary and serves on the NJ State Democratic Committee reviewed the format for the forum and provided some election details regarding the history of the 7th Congressional sighting that the GOP has held this seat since 1981.
While no questions were asked directly by the audience, many of the questions asked were offered up prior to the event to anyone who wished to submit one. This included the Hunterdon County Young Democrats. HCYD President Austin Ritter asked the candidates 2 questions while Emily Afifi and Almas Thaha served as time keepers for the event.
What began on a rather small scale with the Raritan Township Democratic Club planning to host the event, it became apparent early on that "they were gonna need a bigger boat." Joyce Santos and Karen Becker attended a Dec 6th event in Basking Ridge in which BlueWaveNJ, NJ7 Forward, ATNJ and We the People NJ-07 hosted a Forum for the CD7 Candidates. Upon going there, Joyce & Karen and the RTDC reached out to Chairwoman Perez and before long many of the Municipal Chairs and County Committee Groups were on board and serving as volunteers. There was no need to reinvent the wheel. The format used by the HCDC was set up the same as the activist groups, but the questions asked were more policy oriented.
If you were unable to attend the event, Dorothy Dawood did an awesome job video taping the Forum and you can view in on YouTube using the following link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAc3vm-mr1E&feature=youtu.be
For information about the CD7 Candidates, visit our candidates page on this website by going to www.hcdems.com/cd7 congressional candidates - 2018
Our congressional candidates pictured above from the left are: David Pringle, Goutam Jois, Linda Weber, Lisa Mandleblatt, Marc Lane (surrogate for Peter Jacob), Scott Salmon and Tom Malinowski.
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The Hunterdon County Democratic Committee will hold their 2018 Convention on February 4, 2018 at the Kingwood Township Volunteer Fire Company, located in Frenchtown, NJ. Registration begins at 8:30AM with the Convention beginning at 9:00AM.
County Committee members will have the opportunity to vote for the CD7 Congressional Candidate they would like to see advance to the NJ Primary Election which takes place June 5, 2018. There are 7 candidates who would like to unseat Leonard Lance.
To learn more about the candidates visit our website at www.hcdems.com/CD7 Congressional Candidates-2018
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An interesting article that was published on vice.com looks back at the Democratic campaign strategy in the 2016 Presidential Election. Hillary Clinton has been criticized for not focussing on states captured in the Obama coalition, and instead she tried to win votes in states that had been traditionally red for years. While this strategy cost her the election, it should be noted that her efforts were not completely in vain, and she did indeed claim victory in districts where Obama failed to score or where Democrats have never seen the light of day during a Presidential election. And here's where Hunterdon County comes into the picture and why the Congressional District 7 (CD7) Election is so important. Hillary Clinton took Hunterdon County in 2016, where Obama failed in both 2008 and 2012. So who we in Hunterdon County along with the rest of CD7 support, can have the favorable outcome we desperately need in Congress.
CD7 covers all of Hunterdon County as well as sections of Essex, Morris, Somerset, Union and Warren Counties. (click here for a list of communities within our congressional district) While this region has traditionally leaned towards the right, Trump has appeared to have lessened the GOP stronghold. There are six CD7 Democratic Candidates and it is important that we get to know the candidates so that we can nominate the person who we believe can take on Lance and WIN next November. (See Introducing 2018 CD7 Candidates)
The NJ Primary election takes place on June 5, 2018 and Leonard Lance's seat is up for re-election. He won his last primary with only 53% of the GOP votes showing some vulnerability, especially when running against one candidate with little funding and the other almost a complete unknown.
This is why Democrats in the CD7 District need to mindfully select a candidate that can beat Lance.
Click here to read the complete article written by Robert Wheel - Scroll to the end to read about New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District (Central Jersey)