After a hard fought primary campaign, the Democratic Party is united and energized for the general election. The progress we made in Haledon is visible throughout the town-on our streets, in our parks, and with our quality of life. And, together, we need to continue that progress for four more years. The final two-month sprint starts today, and we need to work at every level to elect Democrats this November.
Passaic County Democrats were hit with a bombshell when Sheriff Jerry Speziale resigned to take a job with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Although this was disappointing news, as Sheriff Speziale was a strong partner and an asset for Haledon, I am excited about our new Sheriff candidate and the unique skills he brings to the table. Clifton Lt. Richard Berdnik is a strong candidate who will keep Passaic County families safe, efficiently manage the Sheriff Department’s budget, and bring an outside perspective to reforming our prison system. Our Passaic County Democratic Committee meeting to ratify Berdnik was a monumental event – you can read my tweets to see how it all played out that night in Paterson.
Up-and-down the Row B bracket the Passaic County Democratic Committee has strong candidates to serve our families and our community. Congressman Bill Pascrell has a track record of delivering for the 8th Congressional District and Haledon specifically, bringing in stimulus dollars to renovate our infrastructure. When we needed assistance upgrading the Roe Street Park, Freeholders Terry Duffy and Pat Lepore were there for us. Together, we worked to earmark the funds through the county open space grant program and now our children are benefiting from the upgrades and improvements.
My running mates – Council President Maha Kandis and council candidates Mounir Almaita and Michael Johnson – are committed to making Haledon a more efficient and safer community and their records of service are remarkable. Councilwoman Kandis has been with me since the beginning of my political career, and every step of the way she has made invaluable contributions to better our Borough. Mounir brings invaluable experience as a member of the Manchester Regional Board of Education and through his service on our local Board of Health. Michael works every day – as a Detective in the Paterson Police Department – bravely and actively protecting our children and families. I’m truly honored to be running with such a diverse and dedicated group of individuals.
But we still need your help to make sure our entire ticket is successful on Election Day. A few easy things you can do are “Like” the Haledon Democrats on Facebook in order to grow our numbers and show our grassroots support. You can also sign up for email updates at our campaign website. Republicans are energized and motivated this year and we need to work hard to offset their smears, falsehoods, and misinformation. We’ll be going door-to-door every day spreading our message and making our case to voters, and we hope to count on your support in this crucial final stretch.