Non-partisan municipal elections are just a couple of weeks away, and I just wanted to make sure everyone knows that our friend Paul Aronsohn is running for Council in Ridgewood.
Many of you got to meet Paul when he ran for Congress against Scott Garrett in 2006. The 5th district is a very tough place for Dems to make headway but Paul ran a classy race and a spirited campaign that brought a whole lot of new folks to the process and a whole batch of passionate supporters and a whole bunch of votes to the polls. Paul also brought some really great ideas and issues to the table, and I was sincerely hoping he would run again for the seat again this year. So when he first told me he was running for Council in Ridgewood I was ecstatic.
I know that one of Paul’s favorite parts of running for Congress was when he got to talk with real people on the campaign trail and talk about ways to make life better. And that is exactly the same thing he is doing in running for Council. He will fight to make life better in Ridgewood and make government more responsive – by maintaining open space, better funding first-responders, ensuring traffic safety and making sure parking is kept available for commuters using NJ Transit to get to work.
Like I said, this is a non-partisan race. And Election Day is Tuesday, May 13th. So, please check out www.paularonsohn.com to see some of the issues Paul is talking about and some of the things that matter to Ridgewood.
We all know how turnout can be unpredictable, to say the least, in local elections without up-ballot candidates. So, I hope Paul can count on some of you in this important election – be it by giving a small financial contribution, offering to call friends who live in Ridgewood or even volunteering your time on Election Day for GOTV.
I love Blue Jersey and the discussions we have on this site. But sometimes we need to step away from the keyboards and help in other ways – especially when one of our friends is the actual name on the ballot. And I really hope this is one of those times. We need more people like Paul Aronsohn in government – be it Congress or Town Council.
So, if you want pitch in you can just email Paul@PaulAronsohn.com. I didn’t tell Paul I was putting up this diary, but I’m sure he won’t mind me putting his email out there.
I admit that I am biased here. Paul Aronsohn has been my friend for several years – ever since I worked for him in the Governor’s Office. He is a stand-up guy and a rare person who is running for office far all the right reasons – to help others and to make a difference. He has a solid command of the issues and will really do a great job for his neighbors and all the families around town.
Paul will be a new voice for Ridgewood – a voice of experience, a voice of reason and a voice of passion. He will bring a whole lot of energy, too.
I hope you can help Paul in this important endeavor!