Campaigning for Obama: Making the Case for Re-electing the President

Sep 16 2012 7:30 pm

Sunday, September 16*, 2012, 7:30pm-9pm

Suzanne Patterson Center (behind Borough Hall)


           The Presidential election is less than two months away, wealthy donors continue investing heavily in a ramped up campaign of misinformation about the President and his record, and we can expect much worse to come.  Join us for a panel presentation and question-and answer session on the tools and information you need as you knock on doors, make calls, or talk with friends, neighbors and others who are undecided about how to vote in November. Our informed and seasoned panelists will share their perspectives on the questions undecided voters are likely to have and how to persuade them to support the President...or, perhaps, how to know when not to waste your time. 

            Panelists are:   

            Francesca Larson, a VP at Mosaic Strategies group and now a full-time volunteer for Obama for America, New Jersey, whose political resume includes work for Governor Deval Patrick, US Senator Robert Menendez, and Governor Corzine. She is a graduate of Boston University and holds a BS in Communications.  

            Michael Makarski, an Account Executive at Vision Media Marketing, Inc., has developed media strategies for many political campaigns in New Jersey.  He has extensive direct campaign experience, as manager, field director, and spokesman. Michael is a graduate of the U. Mass, Amherst, President and Founder of the Hudson County Young Democrats, and was the youngest member ever to serve on his local school board.

            James Healey, a longtime Princeton Democratic committeeman who teaches courses in marketing, advertising and management at Community College of Philadelphia. Jim has worked in advertising, publishing, and marketing and has consulted for local and congressional campaigns.   A Yale and Wharton graduate with roots in Scranton Pa, Jim is a veteran political analyst with particular knowledge of Pennsylvania politics. 


*Apologies for conflict with Erev Rosh Hashanah. Wishing you a sweet New Year.

Future meetings: 10/21 Candidates Night; 11/18 Presidential Leadership

PCDO Family Picnic

Jul 22 2012 4:00 pm

PCDO members and friends

Please join us for our annual

summer family picnic at Harrison Street park

Sunday July 22, 4 to 7pm

(rain date Sunday July 29)


PCDO will provide grilled items and beverages.
Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Democrats nominate Lempert for Mayor; Howard, Liverman, Miller, Simon, Crumiller, Butler for Council

Congratulations to Liz Lempert, Princeton's Democratic nominee for Mayor. Democratic Primary voters also selected Heather Howard, Lance Liverman, Patrick Simon, Bernie Miller, Jenny Crumiller and Jo Butler to be on the November ballot for Princeton Council.

Many thanks to all the candidates, including Kevin Wilkes who sought the Mayor's spot, and to Scott Sillars, Tamera Matteo and Roger Martindell for their efforts to run for Council. We had an embarrassment of riches, and too few spots to accommodate all the qualified candidates.

Vote totals are available at the County Clerk's website:

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New Voting Districts for the New Princeton

New voting districts in Princeton will take effect for the first time for the June 5th Primary: see the map for the new districts. The polling places are listed below the map.

Note that virtually *every* voter will have a new voting district number. And *many* will need to vote at new polling locations. Do NOT simply go to your traditional polling place without this information!

To confirm your district number and polling place, use the online tool provided by the NJ Division of Elections, or simply refer to the sample ballot you'll receive the week before the election.

Download BIG pdf map

New Princeton Districts

list of Princeton polling locations


Sunday, May 20, 7:30pm Suzanne Patterson Center (behind Borough Hall)


The health care and economic rights of women have and continue to be a subject of political controversy, and the issues are intensifying in this election year. In 2012, we have seen multi-faceted efforts to defund or discredit Planned Parenthood, federal efforts to limit insurance coverage for contraception and to weaken the Violence Against Women Act, and attempts in various states to impose onerous ultrasound requirements before pregnancy terminations, to enact fetal personhood bills, and to undermine enforcement of equal pay laws.

What does this mean for the future of women’s rights? What can/should we do? What does this mean for the 2012 elections?

We have a superb group of speakers who will share their perspectives in a panel discussion, to be followed by audience questions.

Leslie Gerwin, Associate Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University, who has broad-ranging experience in public policy and gender issues, will moderate a discussion by:

  • Elizabeth Armstrong, Associate Professor, Princeton University Department of Sociology, with joint affiliations in the Woodrow Wilson School and Office of Population. Her areas of specialization include health policy, sociology of medicine, and gender issues.
  • Shelby Knox, Director of Women’s Rights Organizing for, subject of the documentary “The Education of Shelby Knox,” about her teenage activism for sex education and gay rights, and author of the blog
  • Ruth Mandel, Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, Board of Governors Professor of Politics, and a founder of Eagleton’s Center for American Women and Politics. She is nationally known for her expertise on women's political history and leadership, polling data, and the gender gap.

Future meetings: June 10 – Voter suppression & protection; picnic in July & more.

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PCDO Communiversity Jelly Bean Poll Results

Communiversity visitors to PCDO's booth today (April 28) were invited to take 3 jelly beans and to vote 'em or eat 'em. Here are the results:


  • Barack Obama 482
  • The Other Guy 115


  • Robert Menendez 153
  • The Other Guy 27


  • Rush Holt 208
  • The Other Guy 23

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