Tag Archive: Democratic Primary

An exciting announcement

As we noted in this morning’s News Roundup, this is going to make an interesting 2013, with Prof. Alexander primarying Nia Gill. As though 2013 wasn’t already going to involve turf battles, rending of garments and long pointy knives. Prof. Alexander was state director for the Obama campaign in 2008. – promoted by Rosi

This morning I made an exciting announcement: I am going to be running for the State Senate in New Jersey’s 34th Legislative District.  My entire career has been dedicated to serving my community, working to elect progressive leaders, and trying to make things better for working class families. Today is the first step in bringing more accountable representation in the State Senate to families throughout Clifton, East Orange, Montclair, and Orange.  

Right now my focus remains on reelecting President Obama in November.  But in order to make sure I have the resources necessary to run a competitive race in June 2013, I thought it was imperative to get started early.  Over the coming months I am going to be raising seed money and putting together a strong campaign team that can help me get across the finish line in June.  

With Governor Christie up for reelection next year, it is so important that Democrats across New Jersey begin to mobilize.  We need strong voices to stand up against his rhetoric.  As a former National Policy Advisor to President Obama, I know I can bring strong progressive alternatives to Trenton that will move New Jersey forward in putting people to work, protecting our environment, and ensuring women have access to healthcare services.  

I hope everyone on Blue Jersey will follow me on Twitter @MarkCAlexander and comment below.  I want to hear your thoughts, comments, and questions as we move forward in New Jersey.    

Why I’m running for Woodbridge At-Large Council

promoted by Rosi

My name is Jean Pierce and I’m running for At-Large Council in Woodbridge Township in the Democratic Primary on Tuesday, June 7th. I’m running off-the-line on Line B, as a Democrat for Working Families.

I’m running for At-Large Council to be a voice for Woodbridge residents, because I’m tired of seeing our schools and libraries get cut back while corporations don’t pay their fair share.  I’m a lifelong Democrat and a community activist, and I’m running an independent, grassroots campaign. I’m reaching out to BlueJersey readers asking you to support my candidacy by volunteering your time or contributing to my campaign.

If you have an hour after work on Tuesday, come join me a Happy Hour fundraiser this Tuesday, May 24th at 6 pm at Tumulty’s Pub, 361 George St in New Brunswick hosted by a group of progressive organizers and union leaders.

In the meantime, here’s a little more about me and why I am the strongest candidate to represent the residents of Woodbridge.

I learned to be a voice for my community from my parents. They were union members who worked hard to provide a good home and a good education for their kids.  They taught by example that it is our responsibility to support our family, union and community. My father was a volunteer firefighter who not only risked his life to save lives, but also worked to improve the lives of his co-workers and ensured public safety. Their community spirit is what led me to become an activist in my own neighborhood. Along with the community, I fought to keep the Sewaren Library open when it was facing budget cuts.  Currently, I’m a Commissioner on the Woodbridge Housing Authority where I ensure our seniors and low-income families have a safe and affordable place to live. more below...

PA-Sen: Netroots Overwhelmingly Support a Draft Sestak Effort

{First, a cheap plug for my blog Senate Guru.}

As many of you know, over the last five days, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, in partnership with a number of progressive organizations and blogs including Senate Guru, asked those in the netroots, “Should a Draft Sestak movement be created to take on Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary?”

The results are in and they are overwhelming.  85% of Pennsylvanian respondents and 86% of respondents nationally want Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak to challenge Arlen Specter in the 2010 Democratic Senate primary.  The poll has even gotten the attention of Congressman Sestak, as the PCCC points out:

Netroots for Sestak

“I am honored that so many of you took the time to vote in the recent grassroots Straw Poll. Let me tell you, I and many others were paying attention. If I decide to run it will be in large measure because of the grassroots energy of so many people like you. Until I and my family make that decision, please accept my thanks and my best wishes as you continue be active participants in our people-powered democracy. Thank you so very much!”

Due to such an overwhelming response, a Draft Sestak Fund has been created on ActBlue.  To contribute and further encourage Congressman Sestak to enter the race, click on the image below:

Draft Sestak Fund

If you need any additional motivation to contribute to this effort to draft a real Democrat to oppose Specter in the primary, consider Specter’s actions since announcing his Party switch:

1) Specter opposed the Obama budget.

2) Specter opposed the “cramdown” mortgage/bankruptcy reform, siding with banks over families.

3) Specter reiterated his opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act.

4) Specter reiterated his opposition to President Obama’s nomination of Dawn Johnsen to the Office of Legal Counsel.

5) Specter announced his support for Republican Norm Coleman over Democratic Senator-elect Al Franken in Minnesota’s Senate race.

6) Specter promoted a website that appeared to raise money for cancer research but, in actuality, simply raised money for his campaign.

7) Specter denied reports that he told President Obama that he would be a “loyal Democrat” despite multiple reporters sticking to their story.

The netroots have displayed overwhelming support for Congressman Sestak to take on recently-Republican Arlen Specter.  Help the effort by contributing to the Draft Sestak Fund.

PA-Sen: A Draft Sestak Effort?

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, working with a number of progressive organizations and blogs including Senate Guru, has put out a poll to gauge netroots interest – in New Jersey and all across the country – in supporting an effort to draft Congressman Joe Sestak to challenge recently-Republican Arlen Specter in the PA-Sen Democratic primary next year.  The poll will be open for the next four days, and provided are both pro and con arguments regarding a draft effort.  To read the arguments and vote in the poll, click the below link:

Sestak vote

Time To End the Madness

 It has become increasingly clear that Hilary Clinton has virtually no hope of winning the nomination, but is increasing the chances of a McCain victory every day her scorched earth policy continues.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Obama won the popular vote in the 8th CD. Congressman Pascrell a Superdelegate representing the 8th CD has endorsed Hillary Clinton It’s  time Bill represented us and help put an end to Hillary’s party destroying strategy.