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This coming year is going to be another active one! Our goal is to maintain the Democratic momentum we have going here in Hunterdon County. The HCDC Executive Board already held their first meeting of 2019 and they've planned out a full calendar of meetings and relevant events for the upcoming year. Hopefully you will be able to join us throughout the year! We will also be posting more details about each of the events as the date for them draws nearer. You can always check out the HCDC EVENT page on our website www.hcdems.com/calendar
SAVE THE DATE..... Here's some of the things we have planned for 2019 as well as some important dates to make note of. Please check our events page often for updates to the events.
- Running for Local Office, Workshop by Mary Melfi (January 26th)
- Ready to Run, CAWP, Rutgers University (March 15-16th)
- County Committee Meeting / Endorsement Convention - Sun, March 24th, 2019; 3-5pm)
Spring Brunch– Oak Hill Golf Club, Milford NJ, Sun, April 28th, 2019; 11am-2pm
- Clinton Township Community Day – Saturday, April 27th, Bundt Park. 2:00-7:00pm
- County Committee Meeting - Recurring / 3rdMonday of May (Mon, May 20th, 2019)
- Memorial Day Parade & BBQ, Headquarters, Main Street – May 27th, 2019
- County Committee Meeting (Reorg on even years) - Recurring / 2ndTuesday of June
(Tuesday, June 9th, 2020)
- Community Day, Hunterdon County Fairgrounds - Date to Be Determined
- Alexandria Township Community Day - Date to Be Determined
- Lebanon Borough Parade (July 4th)
HCDC Annual Picnic - Recurring / 4thSunday of July (Sun July 28th, 2019)
- County Committee Meeting - Recurring / 2rdWednesday of August (Wed August, 14th, 2019)
- Women’s Equality Day, Flemington Courthouse to HCDC Headquarters from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (Sat August 24th, 2019)
- Hunterdon County Fair, 4H Fairgrounds- Date to Be Determined
Blue Reception Fundraiser - Recurring / 2ndThursday of September (Thur Sept 12th, 2019)
- Holland Township Community Day - Date to Be Determined
- Raritan Township Community Day - Date to Be Determined
- Union Township Community Day - Date to Be Determined
- Milford Alive - Date to Be Determined
- Challenger Training - Recurring / 3rdWednesday of October (Wed Oct 16nd, 2019)
- County Committee Meeting - Recurring / The Wednesday Before Election Day (Wed Oct 30th, 2019)
- ** Election Night Watch Party *** November 5th, 2019 @ 7pm, location to be announced.
- HCDC Annual Holiday Party - Recurring / 3rdThursday of December at 7:00p.m. (Thur Dec 19th, 2019)
- Flemington Parade, Main Street, Flemington - Date to be Determined
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Return on Investment New Jersey (ROI-NJ) a go-to media company created to inform and connect businesses in New Jersey has recognized the 10 most Influential People of Color, as well as 50 other Influencers, in the state of NJ.
The list was determined by interviews with key people in all sectors of the economy, as well as the judgment of the ROI-NJ Editorial Board.
The HCDC would like to congratulate our Chairwoman Arlene Perez for being recognized as a ROI People of Color Influencer. Arlene has been praised for bringing a new voice to the Democratic Party, particularly in Hunterdon County where it has been a Republican All-Boys Club.
In addition to our Chairwoman, other notable Democrats that were named as the State’s Top Influencers include Hunterdon County resident Patricia Campos-Medina. Patricia has been a great supporter of the HCDC and has previously served on the HCDC Executive Board. NJDSC Vice Chair Lizette Delgado, Congressman Elect Andy Kim, Senator Bob Menendez and former Assemblyman Updendra Chivukula also made the list.
Notable Democrats named to the Top Ten List of Influential People of Color include: Ras Baraka, (Mayor, City of Newark), State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver and Senator Cory Booker.
The HCDC congratulates all those who made the list and we thank the honorees for their contributions they have made to the great state of New Jersey.
For a complete list and to read the ROI-NJ article please click HERE
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There was a lot of talk about the Blue Wave hitting the US in the 2018 midterm elections. Then there was a slight scare when the Republicans had their moment of glory during Kavanaugh’s confirmation for SCOTUS. The media started reporting that the Red Tide was on the rise and the left had better not get their hopes up for a massive victory in the midterms. Well folks, we are happy to report that the Blue Wave is alive and well, not just in the US, but right here in Jersey, including Hunterdon County.
On the National scene, New Jersey managed to retain our seat in the Senate by re-electing Senator Bob Menendez against big pharma CEO Bob Hugin. Menendez defeated Hugin in a 10 point lead, picking up most of his votes in Essex County. There was such outrage over Hugin’s history of exploiting cancer patients when he doubled the prices of Celgene’s lifesaving prescription drugs, where he personally profited to the tune of $100 million. Patients For Affordable Drugs Action led a campaign against Hugin spending $3.5 million to expose his greed and character (https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/patient-led-group-spends-3-5-million-stop-big-pharma-ceo-bob-hugin-becoming-new-jerseys-next-senator/)
The big celebration in Hunterdon County and throughout New Jersey Congressional District 7 was Tom Malinowski’s win over Leonard Lance who has held this seat since 2008. Lance, now in his fifth term, was once a moderate Republican but drifted steadily toward the right, alienating many voters. In a FiveThirtyEight report, Lance’s Trump Score was 87.1%, indicating how often Lance votes in line with Trump’s position. Malinowski brings a refreshing voice to the people of New Jersey. He ran on repealing and replacing the Republican tax bill, creating an affordable healthcare program, protecting the environment, having comprehensive immigration reform, investing in infrastructure and advancing women's rights. In addition to Malinowski, NJ picked up the following seats in the House – CD2 Jeff Van Drew, CD11 Mikie Sherrill and CD3 Andy Kim. New Jersey played a big hand in helping Flip the House.
Hunterdon County also celebrated several municipal wins including the election of 3 new female mayors. First time candidates, Julia Fahl and Michele Lee, were elected to serve as Mayor in Lambertville (Fahl) and High Bridge (Lee). Betsy Driver, who last year was a first time candidate winning a seat on Flemington Borough Council, went on to win her 2018 election as Flemington’s Mayor-Elect. In addition to Driver’s win, Chris Runion and Caitlin Giles-McCormick also unseated the Republican incumbents, turning the county seat BLUE! In Califon Charles Daniel ran unopposed and held onto his Mayoral seat. Daniel has been Califon’s mayor since 2011.
Other Democratic wins throughout Hunterdon County include:
Califon Boro Council – Leo Janas and Michael Medea
Califon Boro Counil UNEX – Cathy Smith
Clinton Town Common Council – Lisa Intrabartola
Clinton Town Common Council UNIX – Michael Humphrey
Frenchtown Boro Common Council – Tami Peterson
High Bridge Borough Council – Leigh Ann Moore
Stockton Boro Common Council 2 Year UNIX – Aaron Lipsen
Congratulations and thank you to all our candidates.
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HCDC Chairwoman Arlene Quinones Perez and the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee Executive Board invite you to join us on Sunday, November 4th as we welcome the First Lady of New Jersey, Tammy Murphy, on her Get Out The Vote Tour in Hunterdon County.
Mrs. Murphy's first stop in Hunterdon County will begin in High Bridge at Mrs. Riley's Public House. From there she will travel on to the Law Office of Kristen Perry on Leigh St in Clinton. Lebanon Borough Councilwoman Marlene Baldinger will host the First Lady's next stop in her home and then she will travel on to Factory Fuel in Flemington, where our candidates hope to take Democratic control of the County Seat and then on to the home of Raritan Township Municipal Chair Lois Zarish. Mrs. Murphy's final stop in Hunterdon will be at the National Hotel in Frenchtown.
For information about the Get Out The Vote Tour of Hunterdon or information on how you can help with one of our campaigns, please call 908 237-1598 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
High Bridge –1:30pm
Mrs. Riley’s Public House, 4 Main St, High Bridge, NJ
Law Office of Kristen Perry, 1 Leigh St, Clinton, NJ
Lebanon Borough –3:30pm
Home of Councilwoman Marlene Baldinger, 61 Brunswick Ave, Lebanon, NJ
Flemington Borough –4:30pm
Factory Fuel, 2 Stangl Rd, Flemington, NJ
Raritan Township –5:00pm
Home of Lois Zarish, 153 Voorhees Corner Rd, Flemington, NJ
Frenchtown - 6:00pm
The National Hotel, 31 Race St, Frenchtown, NJ
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), a leading advocate for commonsense gun safety reforms, released the following statement:
“We're still learning more about the horrific mass shooting that took place at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh this morning, but my heart is aching for the Jewish families who've been torn apart by violence on the Sabbath. Likewise, my thoughts are with the families of the first responders who bravely put themselves in harm’s way to protect others.
“In the United States of America, everyone deserves the right to worship without fear. This is a heartbreaking reminder that anti-Semitism is never dead, but simply dormant, and all too easily awoken by those who stoke hate.
“Ultimately, we need more than thoughts and prayers and kind words during this time. Only when we pass commonsense gun safety measures will the American people know we are serious about protecting them.
“The President’s callous comments show us why we need reasonable gun safety measures in our country. Instead, the President is again dismissing common sense gun laws in favor of more guns – this time in our houses of worship. Houses of worship in the United States of America should not require armed guards. This country was founded on the principle that every single person should be able to practice their religion freely and in peace.”