HCDC Endorses Tom Malinowski for Congress in the CD7 Race


It was another standing room only event at the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee  2018 Convention, held Sunday, February 4th at the Kingwood Township Fire Company. Bill Courtney, who served as Convention Chair, ran a tight ship by providing a clear and concise overview of the convention rules and how the voting would take place.  With seven candidates eagerly pursuing the coveted endorsement, it was Tom Malinowski who came out on top with the majority win.  Malinowski exceeded the 51% majority vote that was needed to secure the endorsement. In his acceptance speech, Tom thanked the HCDC and acknowledge Chairwoman Arlene Perez for running an open convention. 

There are six counties in CD7. So far Essex and Somerset County have made endorsements, both for Linda Weber. In Essex County, the Party Chair supplied the single vote for the one town that sits in CD7.  In Somerset County, only the Municipal Chairs voted. On Saturday, February 10th, Warren County will hold an open convention, just as Hunterdon, the difference being Warren will open up the voting to the entire County Committee, not just members within the 7th District.  All of Hunterdon County is in the 7th District.  Morris and Union Counties still have not made an endorsement. 

Other candidates endorsed at the convention include Robert (Bob) Menendez for U.S. Senate and local candidates, Matt Bernot and Robert Darmstadt for Hunterdon County Freeholder. 

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Tom Malinowski pictured accepting the HCDC Nomination, with The High Bridge Dems and Councilwoman Natalie Ferry and with the Hunterdon County Young Dems, Austin Ritter (President) and Yosan Siele (Vice President).

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West Amwell Proud Organizes Community Democrats

For the past two years a small group of Democrats have been organizing a local group called West Amwell Proud. They are constantly building the local Democratic Party by inviting residents to participate in their monthly meetings. With so much at stake in 2018, West Amwell Proud has reached out to Democrats, Unaffiliated Voters and even Republicans who are simply sick and tired of seeing what is happening both locally and nationally with the Republican party. Monthly meetings include recruiting members and candidates and then mobilizing for this year's election cycle. 

The next West Amwell Proud meeting will take place on Sunday, February 25th at 1:00 PM at the West Amwell Fire Department Building, located at 26 Mt. Airy Village Road, Lambertville, NJ. 

For more information and to stay connected visit and like their Facebook page - West Amwell Proud 

"If we sit on the sidelines, we will never make progress.  We will never "right a wrong." Nothing will change.





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Ready to Run 2018 - Hosted by The Center for American Women and Politics


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 LatinaCAWP 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 - Early bird fee is $150 if you register by Feb 9th. Registration after February 9th is $195.  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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Governor Murphy Announces Leadership Team

Governor Phil Murphy has announced his Leadership Team that will serve with him in the State Capitol in Trenton.  Governor Murphy describes this team as bringing a "wide range of experience, new ideas, and genuine enthusiasm needed for turning our state around and making New Jersey a state that works for all residents and not just a select few."  Murphy added,  “I am confident that, together, we will change the culture in Trenton, set an example for principled leadership, and accomplish great things for New Jersey.”

The Governor's senior front office staff includes:

  • Adam AlonsoDeputy Chief of Staff for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs,who currently serves as Political Affairs Director for the gubernatorial transition. 
  • Robert Asaro-Angelo, Labor Commissioner, who previously represented the eastern region in Obama's labor department from 2010 until last February. He has a union background, having worked for the Laborers International Union of North America, AFSCME and SEIU 1199.
  • Justin Braz, Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs, who previously served as Labor Director for Victory 2017 and was Chief of Staff to Assembly Budget Chairman Gary S. Schaer.
  • Kathleen Frangione, Chief Policy Advisor, who was previously at Washington, D.C.-based policy and political consultancy the Signal Group, where she is an Executive Vice President.
  • Parimal Garg, Deputy Chief Counsel, served as a Senior Policy Advisor during the gubernatorial campaign and helped formulate the campaign’s substantive positions. 
  • Mahen GunaratnaDirector of Communications, has served as Deputy Communications Director to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio since January 2017 and previously served as the Mayor’s Research Director and as an aide to his mayoral campaign. 
  • Lynn HaynesDeputy Chief of Staff for Cabinet Affairs & Operations, is a partner in the Trenton-based Advocacy & Management Group, which she joined in 2014 after four years as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Counsel for Senate President Steve Sweeney and the Senate Majority Office. 
  • Joe Kelley, Deputy Chief of Staff for Economic Growth, previously served as Deputy Campaign Manager and Finance Director for Murphy for Governor.
  • Mary K. E. Maples, Deputy Chief Counsel for Authorities, currently serves as Senior Counsel in the Authorities Unit. 
  • Kate McDonnell, Deputy Chief Counsel, currently serves as General Counsel to the Assembly Majority Office.
  • Scarlett Rajski, Director of Appointments, works in the Corporate & Regulatory Affairs division at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.
  • Matt Platkin, Chief Counsel, most recently served as Policy Director for Murphy for Governor.
  • Peter Cammarano, Chief of Staff, who has previously served as Chief of Staff to Governor Richard Codey when he assumed that role in 2004.
  • Stephanie Lagos, Chief of Staff to First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy, was a Senior Policy Advisory to the Murphy for Governor campaign, and previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to Assemblyman Schaer.
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Hunterdon County CD7 Candidate Forum Turns Out an Audience of 300


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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