Promoted from the diaries by Rosi. Blue Jersey, please weigh in on this.
Principles- then a plan.
As you know, I was recently elected Chair of the NJDSC. I want to make sure that the BlueJersey community knows where I stand and accepts my invitation to be a vital part of the New New Jersey Democratic State Party.
A stronger party from the bottom up. A commitment to new ideas, new media and new voices. An unwavering dedication to the Democratic values of inclusion, fairness and justice. And working to elect Democrats in every corner of our state and at every level of government. These are my guiding principles.
One of the first items I read when I decided to pursue becoming Democratic State Chair, was Rosi Efthim’s excellent diary entry, An Open Letter to the next Democratic State Chair. I urge every Democrat to read this, as it has been very useful in helping shape and support my plan for building our party from the grassroots level up. In fact, I’ve been talking about many of Rosi’s very practical, on-point recommendations almost everywhere I go.
Chairman Cryan has done an exemplary job in his role – my hope is to build upon his progress. The suggestions from Democratic activists like Rosi will be a foundation for how we will direct more campaign training, candidate recruitment, and web resources to the local level in our State. I am committed to making sure our new Democratic State Party will seek and act on more local input from our County Committeemen and Women and other Democratic activists.
Clearly, as a party, we need to focus on delivering a message on the grassroots level that too often has been overlooked. We need to do better. There is a need to further extend the welcome mat of inclusion, both to the new voters that the Obama campaign energized and activated, as well as the independents that voted for change on the national level.
I want to hear from you what it will take for New Jersey’s Democrats to re-engage and re-capture the suburbs, while we strengthen our urban base and re-build our state party. This includes making the most of the redistricting process and preparing to elect Democrats on the local level, in Congress, the legislature in 2011 and up to the statewide re-election of United States Senator Bob Menendez in 2012.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas on how we can craft a powerful plan to move our Party forward together. Thank you.