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The Hunterdon County Democratic Committee (“HCDC”) announced the start of their 2019 Coordinated Campaign. HCDC will coordinate across the entire county with all local, countywide and legislative races, working together as one, to maximize voter contact for the General Election of 2019.
Since 2014 the HCDC has taken local and legislative seats that have never been held by a Democrat before. And last year Hunterdon County paved the way for Tom Malinowski to become the Congressman for Congressional District 7 with close to 29,000 votes.
“We are excited to continue our success across the county and look forward to working with all of our candidates to ensure our success on Election Day. Our candidates are all local residents who have been talking to neighbors and hearing their concerns. We are confident that the residents of Hunterdon County will come out to support their local neighbors in November,” stated Arlene Quinones Perez, Hunterdon County Democratic County Chair.
With hundreds of volunteers canvassing and phone banking on behalf of state, county and local democrats the HCDC is confident that they will deliver another round of wins this year with an eye toward the 2020 election cycle.
Quinones Perez added, “The spirit of activism is very much alive in Hunterdon county and local Democrats are the beneficiary. Our party represents unity and we are honored that so many people, from all walks of life, are coming into our ranks to participate at unprecedented levels. Together we will achieve great victories in 2019.”
Dominick Puzio for Sheriff Cullen McAuliffe for Freeholder
Visit the HCDC Candidate page for information on all the candidates running for office in Hunterdon County
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The NJ Primary Election is just around the corner. On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, you will have the opportunity to join forces with other New Jersey Dems with a strong show of support for our Democratic Candidates by casting your vote.
Polls open at 6AM and close at 8PM. As long as you are in line to vote prior to 8pm, you are eligible to vote. Not sure where to vote? Click HERE for a list of polling places in Hunterdon County. Refer to the column on the left for polling places by community.
The 2019 election cycle has many great Democratic candidates running for General Assembly, Sheriff, Freeholders and Local Office. We have remarkable candidates running for the County offices for Freeholder and for Sheriff. Savet Rosenblum and Natalie Ferry are both running for Freeholder positions and Dominick Puzio is running for Sheriff.
The NJ State Legislative seats are up this year as well. Candidates are running for a 2 year term in the NJ General Assembly. Incumbents Verlina Reynolds-Jackson and Anthony Verrelli in LD15 AND Incumbents Andrew Zwicker and Roy Freiman in LD16 are once again on the ballot, while newcomers Marisa Trofimov and Denise King are on the ballot in LD23.
To find out who's running for local office in your community, click HERE for a sample ballot.
LD 15 - East Amwell Township, West Amwell Township, Lambertville
LD 16 - Delaware Township, Flemington Borough, Raritan Township, Readington Township, Stockton Borough
LD 23 - Alexandria Township, Bethlehem Township, Bloomsbury , Califon, Clinton Town, Clinton Township, Franklin Township ,Frenchtown, Glen Gardner, Hampton, High Bridge, Holland Township, Kingwood Township, Lebanon Borough, Lebanon Township, Milford, Tewksbury Township and Union Township
GET OUT THE VOTE
See you at the polls!
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Over 121 Delegates packed into the Stangl Stage in Flemington on Sunday, March 24, for the Hunterdon County Democratic Convention. It was an energized crowd, filled with enthusiasm and prepared to nominate several state and county candidates for the 2019 elections.
After opening remarks by Arlene Quiñones Perez, Chairwoman of the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee and by Eric Richard, Treasurer,
David Parano, CEO of Parano & Associates, spoke to the group. He emphasized that, following the great Democratic victories in 2018, these are winnable elections, even in this traditionally red county.
Elections for state and county legislatures typically don’t see the kind of voter turnout that we see in general elections. However, there was great enthusiasm during the 2018 midterms for the Congressional races. Voter turnout was at an all-time high. This enthusiasm also generated a greater interest in actually running for office in 2019. Bill Courtney, Convention Chair, pointed out, the Democrats have a full slate in all areas: New Jersey Assembly, Hunterdon Country Freeholder, and Hunterdon County Sheriff.
Following the nominations, each candidate spoke briefly about their goals for their districts, what they bring to the table, and their passionate commitment to doing what’s best (and right) for the county. Everyone in the room recognized that this election will be won by hard work: energizing the base; connecting to unaffiliated voters as if this were a general election; registering Democrats to vote; and, as Dave Parano said, “Talking to friends and neighbors like your life depended on it.”
All but one position were uncontested and nominated by a voice vote, with no nays or abstentions. Two candidates ran for Hunterdon County Sheriff. Delegates voted with paper ballots and state representatives counted the ballots.
Here’s the Democratic slate for the 2019 election:
NJ Assembly, LD 15:
Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson
Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli
New Jersey Assembly LD 16
Assemblyman Roy Freiman
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker
New Jersey Assembly LD 23:
Hunterdon County Freeholder:
Councilwoman (High Bridge) Natalie Ferry
Hunterdon County Sheriff:
If you’re interested in learning more about the candidates or, even better, are ready to volunteer, please contact the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee at 908 237-1598
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“New Jersey has the opportunity to literally set captives free from prison, probation, parole, and a life stigmatized and shackled by a criminal record,” said Rev. Charles Boyer, the pastor at Bethel AME Woodbury. Governor Muphy is asking NJ Legislatures to legalize marijuana for recreational use for adults 21 years of age and older. A vote will be taken on Monday, March 25th, however, if the bill is not passed, it is likely that another vote will not take place again until after the November election.
By taking the sale of marijuana off the streets, consumers may purchase in a safe and legal environment. The argument that weed is a gateway drug is unfounded. What is true, is that the drug dealer will entice the buyer to purchase cocaine, heroin and opioids because there is a higher profit margin and they are addictive, creating a customer base that keeps returning to make another purchase. Also, with marijuana being legalized, it won't be cut with fentanyl or another substance.
Richard Brown, NJ NAACP President, also stated that "NJ makes more than 32,000 marijuana arrests per year, and black New Jerseyans are nearly three times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession. These numbers alone make legalization a civil rights issue."
Click the link below to view an audio of Gov Murphy asking for a vote on the legalization of marijuana.
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One of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee's (NJDSC) top priorities is to ensure Democrats are ready to organize and run for office at ALL levels -- that’s why we’re so excited to share our new 2019 candidate trainings!
The NJDSC is hosting three trainings for those interested in running for office this year because in 2019, our state legislature and local offices are on the ballot.
This year though, they're changing it up a little, and partnering with the National Democratic Training Committee for the trainings on March 23rd, March 24th and April 13th!
Participants will learn to:
Develop and implement field plans.
Fundraise and follow compliance regulations.
Lead through high-stakes situations.
Craft campaign messaging (and stick to it!)
Work with allies and vendors
Engage volunteers and supporters
If you’re interested in attending one of these candidate trainings, click on one of the buttons below to RSVP!
Specific locations for these trainings will be announced in the coming weeks.
MARCH 23: MORRIS COUNTY
MARCH 24: BERGEN COUNTY
APRIL 13: OCEAN COUNTY