Princeton Democrats Celebrate the Contributions of Betty and Bob Fleming, and John Borden

About seventy committee members, supporters and elected officials attended the fall reception of the Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee on Sunday, September 7th, hosted by Anne and John Burns. The focus of the event was a celebration of the contributions to the local Democratic Party of Betty and Bob Fleming, and John Borden, all three of whom stepped down from the municipal committee in June of this year.

After introducing members of the Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee, Municipal Chair Peter Wolanin described the role of the committee in getting out the vote in Princeton.  He also emphasized that the purpose of the funds being raised at the reception would be to pay for printing, mailing, and essential campaign supplies, as well as to provide some financial support to candidates running in Princeton.

The first speaker was Assemblywoman and congressional candidate Bonnie Watson Coleman.  She thanked the municipal committee and others present for their support and commitment to turning out the Democratic vote.

Representative Rush Holt came forward to recall the contributions of the Flemings as part of the “A-team” of volunteers for his initial congressional campaigns.  He also described seeking advice before his first congressional run from John Borden and his late wife Gloria. Holt recalled that the Bordens not only urged him to run, but committed to helping with the campaign. This spirit of not just saying “yes” to whether he should run but also saying “we will help” is a distinguishing characteristic of the community of Princeton Democrats, according to Holt.

Freeholders Andrew Koontz and Pat Colavita then presented the Flemings and Borden with certificates from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognizing their service to the municipal and county Democratic committees.  Andrew Koontz recalled that John Borden was the last serving member of the former Princeton Borough Democratic Committee who had been part of the committee that elected Mr. Koontz as the Borough municipal chair in 1997.  In total, John Borden served about 28 years as a committee man and was noted by Freeholder Koontz for his reliability in working his district over those many years.

Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert spoke next to offer her personal thanks to Betty Fleming for serving as her campaign treasurer and to both Bob and Betty Fleming for volunteering on her campaign committees.  The mayor also thanked John Borden for his important contributions to the consolidation campaign in 2011.

Finally, the Flemings, and John Borden thanked the crowd for attending.  Bob Fleming ended by recounting his and Betty’s own political evolution in adopting progressive values and then becoming Democrats when they first moved to Princeton, and described how their political involvement had been an important part of their lives in the Princeton community over many years.

The Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee is composed of one man and one woman from each voting district who are elected on the primary ballot every two years, or appointed in the interim.  State law in title 19 defines the structure and essential duties of the committee.  For more information about the committee, see

Bob Fleming, Peter Wolanin, John Borden, Betty Fleming, Liz Lempert, Pat Colavita, Andrew Koontz and Rush Holt at the Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee reception.

Photo credit:  Dan Preston, Telequest Inc

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