UNION COUNTY—Petitions to run in the Democratic Primary Election are due in April for a variety of local elected offices and the Democrats for Change team is encouraging residents to consider running.
“We understand that there is a lot of frustration among voters due to incompetence, complacency and corruption in government, but you cannot ignore the problem and expect it to go away,” said Democratic strategist James J. Devine. “President Obama said, ‘We are the change we have been waiting for’ and that means it is up to you to take action. ‘Yes We Can’ but only if we try.”
“You got to be in it to win it,” said Devine. “We recruited 24 Democrats for Change candidates last year, resulting in the election of a new City Council President in Linden and coming 1,370 votes away from replacing the County Sheriff. This time, voters will pick nine to 12 state lawmakers and 900 neighborhood district leaders so there is no excuse for anyone to sit on the sidelines.”
Devine said petitions for Democratic County Committee may be downloaded from the Democrats for Change website at WWW.NJDEMS.COM/2011 — where there is also a list of local elected offices at stake in this year’s primary.
“There is still time to find out what’s at stake and decide to get on the ballot,” Devine said. “You should consider it a civic duty to come forward if you are a Democrat who believes political insiders are not serving the public interest. Anything less is accepting the way things are and that’s just not the America way.”
Devine faulted the regular political organization for failing to reach out to the community at large for candidates.
“A lot of people want to get involved and they do not know how,” said Devine. “Part of our goal is to open up the process and bring more citizens to participate. Political insiders like to keep it quiet to avoid competition because they fundamentally do not believe in open democracy. They are controlled by power brokers and political bosses but Democrats for Change is a people-powered organization.”
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