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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.