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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)
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The next Hunterdon County Committee Meeting will take place on Monday, December 4th. Following the meeting, the HCDC will host a Meet and Greet with the candidates running for Congress in Congressional District 7.
Candidates who presently have announced that they are running for Congress in CD7 have been invited. Invitees are as follows (in alphabetic order) Jois Goutam, Andrew Hartford, Peter Jacob, Tom Malinowski, Lisa Mandelblatt, Scott Salmon, and Linda Weber. The candidate who wins the NJ primary election in June will run against Republican incumbent Leonard Lance next November.
The meeting will be held at the Flemington Moose Lodge, located at 81 Barley Sheaf Road, Flemington and will begin at 6:30 PM.
Please RSVP to Helen Richard at email@example.com
Edit: 11/25/17 - We received written notification today from Andrew Hartford informing us that he will no longer be running as a Congressional Candidate in NJ-CD7 due to the fact that he is moving out of the district. We wish Andrew well and thank him for his past work in Hunterdon County supporting the Democratic Party.
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It's ALL HANDS ON DECK in the final hours of the 2017 Election. You can help with a Democratic Win with this election by phone banking or door to door canvassing.
GOTV - GET OUT THE VOTE MONDAY November 6th AND TUESDAY November 7th!!!!
The scheduled times for canvassing and phone banking are as follows:
- 3:00 Pm to 7:00 PM CANVASSING
- 10:00AM TO 7:45 PM PHONE BANKING
Any time you can spare during these time frames would be greatly appreciated. Please come to the HCDC Headquarters located at 155 Main St., Flemington, NJ. We will provide you with a walk or call list.
Campaign Signs - We still have campaign signs that need to be put out. Stop by and get your lawn sign.
To volunteer please contact JoAnne MacBeth firstname.lastname@example.org 201-207-8653 or John Gillen (JT) email@example.com 610-390-5529. Or Call the HCDC Headquarters at 908-237-0178.
WE CAN NOT AFFORD TO LOSE THIS ELECTION TO THE GOP. EVERY VOTE COUNTS. CAN WE COUNT ON YOU TO HELP GET OUT THE VOTE ?
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As we close in on the 2017 campaign season, the HCDC is planning one last "hurrah" by hosting a Hunterdon County Committee Breakfast Meeting and GOTV Pep Rally.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 4th, at the Holiday Inn in Clinton, NJ. Registration begins at 8:30AM, with a brief County Committee meeting starting at 9:00AM. A continental breakfast will be served.
Then, get prepared for some fun and excitement with the GOTV (Get Out The Vote) Pep-Rally. There will be candidates, guest speakers and pep-rally music ramping up the spirit and energy for this important election.
We have an opportunity to have a Democratic Governor and end the Christie regime
We have an opportunity to have Democratic State Senate and Assembly Representatives
We have an opportunity to have a Democratic Hunterdon County Freeholder
We have an opportunity to have representation on our local town council or committee
But we risk losing these opportunities if we don't help our candidates campaign. So let's get door knocking and phone banking. Together we can make this happen.
RSVP to Helen at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Clinton Holiday Inn is located at 111 Route 173 West Main St. Clinton, NJ, 08809.
WE CAN NOT AFFORD TO LOSE THIS ELECTION TO THE GOP
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HCDC Chairwoman Arlene Quinones Perez has issued an official statement on behalf of the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee regarding the negative ad attacks against Gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy and his position on Sanctuary Cities.
During the Gubernatorial debate on October 10th, Ambassador Murphy stated that he would not only be in favor of NJ hosting Sanctuary Cities, he would also call for NJ to become the first Sanctuary State.
The GOP contender, Kim Guadagno, has since invoked upon a negative ad campaign and is insinuating that Phil Murphy "has the backs of criminals", specifically convicted murderer Jose Carranza. This could not be further from the truth and demonstrates that her character is much like that of her current boss, and our soon to be our ex- Governor, Chris Christie.
The following is a statement from Chairwoman Perez regarding the negative - and misleading - ad attacks against Ambassador Murphy.
"The only thing too dangerous for NJ would be if Kim Guadagno gets elected. Her spin on Phil Murphy’s Sanctuary City Plans exemplify how dishonest and corrupt she really is. To insinuate that Phil Murphy has criminals’ backs is outlandish. Referring to what was stated on Tuesday’s debate in regards to illegal alien, Jose Carranza, who was convicted of killing 3 people in a Newark schoolyard - Murphy clearly stated in the debate that the crimes were 'heinous' and that those responsible should be prosecuted 'to the fullest extent of the law.' As a County Chair and as a Latina, I am personally offended by her divisive comments. We do not need another divisive politician in New Jersey politics - we have enough of that at the national level."
A debate between our Democratic Lieutenant Governor Candidate Sheila Oliver and her opponent is set for October 16th. The 2nd Gubernatorial debate between Murphy and Guadagno is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18th at 7pm and can be viewed on CBS Channel 2 out of NY.