What better place for a woman to announce she’s running for Congress than on the steps of the Alice Paul Institute‘s Paulsdale House? The organization that promotes women’s rights is an appropriate venue, given that none of New Jersey’s 14 federal legislators are women.
Aimee Belgard is working to change that. As a Democratic candidate in a district that has been solidly Republican with the exception of a single term of John Adler, she’s the right person for the job, regardless of gender. In her current position as a minority member of the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, she has demonstrated that she can simultaneously reach across the aisle to get things done while holding the majority responsible for fiscal transparency – something that was lacking before Aimee and her fellow Democrat Joanne Schwartz were elected to the board last year.
Belgard had made the decision to run weeks before the current occupant of the seat, Jon Runyan, decided to quit. Whether the exit of a popular former Philadelphia Eagle football player makes it an easier or more difficult for a Democrat to win remains to be seen.
Here’s Aimee Belgard’s opening salvo, delivered today at the Alice Paul Institute in Mount Laurel.
Disclosure: I was a volunteer on Belgard’s campaign for Freeholder, and will similarly volunteer for her Congressional campaign. I have also made a financial contribution to her campaign. You can too, by going to her web site.