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Kicking Off the General Election Campaign

After a hard fought primary campaign, the Democratic Party is united and energized for the general election.  The progress we made in Haledon is visible throughout the town-on our streets, in our parks, and with our quality of life. And, together, we need to continue that progress for four more years.  The final two-month sprint starts today, and we need to work at every level to elect Democrats this November.  

Passaic County Democrats were hit with a bombshell when Sheriff Jerry Speziale resigned to take a job with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Although this was disappointing news, as Sheriff Speziale was a strong partner and an asset for Haledon, I am excited about our new Sheriff candidate and the unique skills he brings to the table.  Clifton Lt. Richard Berdnik is a strong candidate who will keep Passaic County families safe, efficiently manage the Sheriff Department’s budget, and bring an outside perspective to reforming our prison system.  Our Passaic County Democratic Committee meeting to ratify Berdnik was a monumental event – you can read my tweets to see how it all played out that night in Paterson.  

Up-and-down the Row B bracket the Passaic County Democratic Committee has strong candidates to serve our families and our community.  Congressman Bill Pascrell has a track record of delivering for the 8th Congressional District and Haledon specifically, bringing in stimulus dollars to renovate our infrastructure. When we needed assistance upgrading the Roe Street Park, Freeholders Terry Duffy and Pat Lepore were there for us.  Together, we worked to earmark the funds through the county open space grant program and now our children are benefiting from the upgrades and improvements.    

The Work Begins for November

Promoted by Jason Springer: Congrats on the Primary victory, now the real fun begins.

I am proud to report that after a long, hard fought campaign, our entire team – Council President Maha Kandis and council candidates Mounir Almaita and Michael Johnson – were all successful in the June 8th Democratic Primary. We walked every block in Haledon, talked to any resident that would listen, and worked every event in the community so the voters knew about our strong record of accomplishments in Haledon.  

Councilman Fusco and his team ran a great campaign, and I hope to work with him over the next several months to unite the Democratic Party in Haledon.  We both grew up together in Haledon, and I’ve seen first hand the contributions he has made to our community; I hope he will work with our team as we continue to spread our message and work towards victory in November.  

Just as important was our victory in 10 of the 12 County Committee races taking place in our 6 wards – giving our team a majority and guaranteeing fresh leadership of the Haledon Democratic County Committee for the next 3 years. We made it clear that the old backroom politics and patronage deals are over, and the voters of Haledon responded to our message by sweeping our team into office.  Now we must use this opportunity to keep moving our party and borough forward.  

The Home Stretch of the Primary Campaign

Promoted by Jason Springer: What are you doing to help your local candidates before Primary Election Day?

Election Day in Haledon is next Tuesday, June 8th.  I know there aren’t a lot of primary races around the state this year; but, in our borough this is an important day for our residents and our future.  These last several weeks we’ve been working hard to close strong in our Democratic Primary campaign, because we need to make sure our message of always putting Haledon first is being heard by our neighbors and friends.  We can’t let the backroom deals and patronage paybacks rule the day in our borough.  

Fortunately, we’ve had the support of our colleagues on the Haledon Council: Councilmen Reynaldo Martinez and Michael Tirri, and Councilwoman Heather Kilminster.  They know with 4 more years we can continue the transformation in our community and keep the progress going.  With renewed investment in infrastructure and local businesses, Haledon is in a better position than ever to be a model for communities around New Jersey.  

These last 6 days are by far the most important days of any political campaign. We need help with GOTV efforts, phone banking, and staffing our headquarters at 481 Haledon Ave -you can click here to volunteer and get involved in the home stretch.  

Even more exciting than stuffing envelopes, you can join us tonight for a grassroots fundraiser at the world famous Jimmy Geez on Belmont Ave in Haledon – tickets are only $35 and you get 2 hours of free drinks and wings. You can also RSVP (and “like” the Haledon Democrats) on Facebook.  

This primary campaign is a proxy for the future of the Democratic Party in Passaic County and New Jersey; do we want a party of backroom deals and political pay backs, or a ticket of proven leaders in the community always putting their neighbors first?  We think the choice is obvious, and hope that you join us in the stretch run.  

A Champion of Progressive Causes

Assemblywoman Nellie Pou has long been a champion of progressive causes in Trenton, including an important issue to most Blue Jersey readers: marriage equality. As one of the lone Mayors in the greater Passaic County area performing civil unions, I understand that marriage equality is a civil rights issue – not an ideological issue. I’m proud Assemblywoman Pou is supporting our campaign because she knows real Democrats when she sees them and she knows we are the real Democrats in Haledon.

Turning Haledon From Red-to-Blue

My team was honored to have the support of Chairman Currie throughout the ballot issues and during our entire primary campaign.  He knows it was our team fighting everyday to turn around the Haledon Democratic Party and he knows we will always put Haledon first.  

The Real Democrats in Haledon

I am happy to report that the protracted battle over who will be placed on the Passaic County Democratic Organization, Inc. line is finally over.  Justice prevailed as my team – Council President Maha Kandis and council candidates Mounir Almaita and Michael Johnson – will be bracketed with Sheriff Jerry Speziale and Freeholders Terry Duffy and Pat Lepore.  

We are the real Democrats in this race.  Over the last eight years we have accomplished some special things in Haledon.  We energized a community to rally behind Democratic policies and platforms as real solutions to the problems Haledon was facing, and we are delivering.  From improving our infrastructure to holding the line on taxes, you can see progress all over Haledon.  

So when I read this blog post, I thought I would fill everyone in with what is going on in Haledon.  This wasn’t a battle between political bosses; it was a desperate attempt by our opponents to undermine the law.  Chairman Currie is supporting our team because he knows we are the real Democrats in this race, and that is why he designated our team to be on the Passaic County Democratic Organization, Inc. line.

Jerry Volpe does not represent local Democrats in Haledon.  Councilman Michael Tirri and I were first elected to the Council 7 years ago because we were in the community everyday, talking with residents and proposing real solutions.  My council team and I will always be putting Haledon first, not patronage and power; our agenda is to continue to deliver for our community and keep the progress going.  

Volpe is in this only for political reasons.  He is a relic from the days of backroom politics for personal gain.   That is why we are running a full slate County Committee candidates to oust him as our leader.  We need a Municipal Leader who has the interests of the Haledon Democratic party in mind first, not a personal agenda.  

This primary in Haledon is important for a lot of reasons.  We need to be electing progressive Democrats up-and-down the levels of government in New Jersey to strengthen our party.  I hope I can count on your support over the next 35 days to win this campaign.  We are going to need volunteers to phone bank and get out the vote on June 8th, and I hope the progressive community can play a role in those efforts.    

Democrats Putting Haledon First

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Earlier this week I was proud to stand with Congressman Bill Pascrell to highlight more than $5 million dollars being spent in Haledon from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to modernize our sewers, improve our infrastructure, and make Haledon’s water supply cleaner.

The Manchester Utilities Authority began receiving monthly installments of a $3.7 million sub-grant from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The fund is part of the federal stimulus package distributed through the state Department of Environmental Protection and will ensure the water quality is high in Haledon. It was a great day for Haledon and another great step forward for our community.  

As the Mayor of Haledon over the last 4 years we have seen many improvements.  We’ve taken an outside the box approach to solving problems, responsibly dealing with our budget, and an eye towards always putting the residents of Haledon first.  I am proud to announce the launching of my new campaign website – www.DomenickStampone.com – for the upcoming June Primary campaign.  This site will serve as a hub of information, resources, and updates from the campaign trail as we continue our goal of improving Haledon.