Here’s something I think is a great idea. We talk about how party and candidates don’t show up much until campaign season, and then mostly to ask for money. I have unending sympathy for the permanent campaign House members have to maintain for re-election every 2 years, and more for challengers running uphill against the power of incumbency. But that only underscores the value of serious candidates out talking issues, long before they’re talking money. In Trump Year One, we’re fortunate some candidates are out early, putting distance between themselves and GOP policy. Good!
Jim Keady, seeking the CD4 nomination and the chance to take on Chris Smith, aims to keep it local with a series of issue-based town halls. The first is on opioids; a kitchen-table conversation also getting traction statewide and nationally because of Trump naming Christie his point-man. Keady told me today opioids are beyond party politics and even intra-party politics. He likes some of what he’s seen Christie do on this issue. Below, details on the 9/28 opioid conversation, and town halls Keady has planned.
FOCUS ON THE 4TH Town Hall – Protecting our Children from the Opioid Crisis
When: Thursday, September 28th (7pm – 9pm)
Where: Taylor Pavilion, 500 Ocean Avenue, Belmar
Moderator: Moira Nelson, Director of Drug Policy Reform for Action Together NJ (ATNJ) & Advocacy Leader with the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (NCADD-NJ).
– Sen. Ray Lesniak, NJ State Senator, advocate for those suffering from substance use disorders
– Morgan Thompson, Director, Academic & Recovery Support, Raymond J. Lesniak Recovery HS
– Joel Pomales, Advocacy Field Organizer, Natl. Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence
– Denise Mariano, Peer Parent Coach & Ambassador for Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Host: Jim Keady, Candidate, U.S. House of Representatives, NJ04
RSVP here (tickets limited)
Future Keady Town halls planned:
– Climate Change/Storm Preparedness: (October, for Sandy Anniversary)
– DACA “Dreamers”/Immigration
– Women’s Issues/Reproductive Rights: (Smith’s record here is abysmal)
– Labor/Economy: Focus on income inequality, worker rights, good-paying jobs
Jim Keady on Twitter: @JWKeady