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  • Ready to Run 2019 - Hosted by Center for American Women and Politic

    Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM through March 16, 2019
    Douglass Student Center - Rutgers University



    Ready to Run® is a bipartisan program for women who want to run for office, work on campaigns, get appointed to office, or learn more about the political system. The 2-Day event begins with a pre-conference program for women of color on March 15th. Ready to Run NJ will be held at the Douglass Student Center on the Rutger's University Campus in New Brunswick, NJ. 

    You will learn:

    • Practical "how-tos" for candidates
    • Real world advice and best practices from the experts
    • Strategies for positioning yourself for public leadership
    • The ins and outs of New Jersey politics
    • Campaigning in a digital age

    For details and registration visit the Ready to Run New Jersey Website by clicking HERE

    Registration fee is $150 through February 11, 2019 or $195 after February 11. Fee includes meals and all conference materials.

    DAY 1 -

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    Friday, March 15, 2019
      Diversity Initiative

    11:00 am

    Registration opens


    Noon – 1:30 pm

    Welcome and Opening Keynote Lunch


    1:45 – 4:00 pm

    Diversity Initiative Programs
    Elección Latina, Run Sister Run, Rising Stars


      Ready to Run®

    4:15 pm

    Welcome and Opening Remarks


    4:30 – 6:15 pm

    Plenary Session: Digital Strategies for Candidates, Campaigns, and Advocates
    Digital outreach is a key aspect of today’s political and advocacy campaigns  Online tools including blogs, social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other online organizing and communications resources are important for getting campaign messages out to a broad audience of potential voters or stakeholders. This session will provide an overview of best practices and offer practical tips on how to get started or enhance your online presence.

    Tara Dowdell
    Tara Dowdell Group


    6:15 pm

    Networking Reception


    DAY 2 

    Saturday, March 16, 2019

    * Track 1: I'm Ready to Run, Now What?
    * Track 2: I'm Not Ready to Run Yet, But...

    7:30 am

    Registration Opens


    8:15 – 9:45 am

    Plenary Session: What Women Candidates Need to Know

    Cate Gormley
    Lake Research Partners


    10:00 am – Noon

    *Track 1Launching your Campaign
    This session provides an overview of the key elements of a campaign, including assessing and establishing oneself as a candidate, developing a campaign plan, structuring a campaign organization, and voter contact. 

    Eva Pusateri
    President & Founder
    Expert Communications and Training, Inc.


    10:00 am – Noon

    *Track 2: Finding Your Political Voice and Influence
    This session, designed for those who are not ready to run but want to have some impact on important issues, offers an overview of the "nuts and bolts" of government and political parties in the state. Topics covered will include positioning oneself for appointment to a public board or commission and getting active in a political party.

    Panelists: T. Missy Balmir, Senior Outreach Advisory at Office of Senator Robert Menendez; Sadaf Jaffer, Mayor of Montgomery Township; Lizette Delgado-Polanco, Vice Chair of New Jersey State Democratic Committee; Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso; Amanda De Palma, Former Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Governor Chris Christie


    Noon – 2:15 pm

    Plenary Session: Conquering the Camera: An Interactive Media Training
    This interactive media training workshop will include tips for successful interviews on tough topics, how to looks poised and professional on camera, staying on message, and public speaking techniques. Selected participants will take part in mock interviews and on-camera practice sessions.

    Christine Jahnke, Founder
    Positive Communications



    2:30 – 3:45 pm

    *Track 1: Navigating New Jersey’s Political Parties As a Potential Candidate
    The session will highlight the power dynamics of party organizations, building relationships with party operatives and gaining the party’s support, and will address how to respond when the party organization is not supportive.

    Panelists: Senator Loretta Weinberg; Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon; Arlene Quiñones Perez,Chair, Hunterdon County Democratic CommitteeCandace L. Straight, Former Co-Chair, New Jersey Republican State Committee


    2:30 – 3:45 pm

    *Track 2: Legislative Advocacy
    This session is designed for those who are not ready to run, but want to have an impact on important issues. Legislative advocacy is working with individual lawmakers and lawmaking bodies to gain support for your cause or initiative. Learn how to organize a legislative advocacy campaign, including gathering allies, creating a campaign structure, building a communication network, and cultivating media relationships.

    Panelists: Jeanette Hoffman, President, Marathon Public Affairs Jeanette Hoffman, President, Marathon Public Affairs; Jeannine LaRue, Senior Vice President, Kaufman Zita Group


    4:00 – 5:30 pm

    Plenary: Fundraising for Success
    Fundraising is one of the most crucial aspects of a campaign. This interactive workshop covers key components of campaign fundraising, including special emphasis on understanding why people give and the in-person “ask”.

    Nancy Bocskor
    The Nancy Bocskor Company

  • An Evening with Congressman Malinowski at Lone Eagle

    Friday, March 15, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    Lone Eagle Brewing

    Please join HCDC Chairwoman Arlene Perez and distinguished hosts Lauren Grober, Mayor Janice Kovach, Kira Lawrence, Joyce Leftly, Lois Zarish and Marianne Rampulla for an evening with Congressman Tom Malinowski, U.S Representative for NJ 7th Congressional District.

    Please join the co-hosts at this Fundraising Event on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Lone Eagle Brewing, 44 Stangl Road, Flemington, NJ


    Suggested Contributions:

    Host: $2800 / Co-Host: $1000 / Patron: $250

    Sponsor: $100 / Friend: $50 / Guest: $25

    Contribution LINK:


    RSVP Bryn D'Andrea 201 293-7581 or email 




  • Raritan Headwaters Association - Stream Clean Up 2019

    Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 09:00 AM


    The HCDC will once again participate in the Annual RHA Stream Clean Up

    If you would like to be an HCDC volunteer

    • Sign up on the Raritan Headwaters Website & select one of the volunteer SITES below
    • RSVP to the HCDC contact so we can track who will be participating
    • Wear your local Dems or HCDC Shirts , waterproof shoes & gloves

    Register here

    Select one of the designated sites below

    RSVP to let us know you are volunteering


    SITE 3 – High Bridge
    SITE 6 – Spruce Run
    SITE 12 – Liberty Village
    SITE 13 – Darts Mill
    SITE 45 – Hampton Borough Park