Thank you, Dom – Rosi
“For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”
-Senator Ted Kennedy, 1980 Democratic National Convention
It wasn’t an easy week for progressives in Passaic County and New Jersey. I was unsuccessful in my efforts to seek a vacated assembly seat in the 35th District. My friend Jeff Gardner was defeated at yesterday’s convention of the Democratic Committee of Bergen County by Maywood Mayor Tim Eustace. But this doesn’t mark the end of our fight, it marks the beginning of a new era of progressive politics.
Every day we are seeing a slow death to the old way of doing things. Back room deals and political horse trading are becoming a thing of the past. The process is becoming more transparent, more fair, and more accessible to normal people looking to serve their communities. In the end this will mean more accountable representation for us all in Trenton.
I know I’m not done fighting for my core progressive beliefs: worker’s rights, economic empowerment, and keeping property taxes stable while maintaining a high level of municipal services. There will be other fights and campaigns. And I know Jeff and I will be at the frontlines in Passaic County making sure we are living up the ideals of Senator Kennedy’s Democratic Party.