Message from the PCDO President

Citizens United Program on Sunday April 15, 7:30pm

Submitted by Dan on April 11, 2012 - 8:38pm

The PCDO April meeting this Sunday is on a topic you won't want to miss:

CITIZENS UNITED &
CORPORATE POLITICAL POWER
Sunday, April 15, 2012, 7:30pm
Suzanne Patterson Center (behind Borough Hall)
*** FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ***

The Supreme Court held in Citizens United that corporations (and rich individuals) can spend as much money as they like to influence the outcome of elections. The response has been an outpouring of funds into SuperPacs that threatens to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens. As election campaigns grow ever more expensive, public officials become more dependent than ever on corporate money and more reluctant to do anything that offends big business.

Come participate in an open discussion of what Democrats (and others) in our community can do to fight back.

Panelists:
Lewis Maltby, President of the National Workrights Institute
Leslie Gerwin, Associate Director of Law and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School

PCDO Endorsement Results for Princeton Mayor and Council - March 25, 2012

With a record-breaking crowd, the PCDO voted on Sunday, March 25 to endorse candidates for the first consolidated Princeton Council and Mayor. The results:

PRINCETON MAYOR:

Candidate Number of Votes Percent
Liz Lempert 212 61.4**
Kevin Wilkes 120 34.8
No endorsement 13 3.8
TOTAL 345 valid ballots 100.0
     

PRINCETON COUNCIL (6 SEATS):

Jo Butler 151 42.8*
Jenny Crumiller 175 49.6*
Heather Howard 300 85.0**
Lance Liverman 223 63.2**
Roger Martindell 135 38.2
Tamera Matteo 150 42.5*
Bernie Miller 214 60.6**
Yina Moore 97 27.5
Scott Sillars 158 44.8*
Patrick Simon 221 62.6**   
  353 valid ballots 100.0

 

** Candidates over 60 percent are fully endorsed by the PCDO

* Candidates over 40 percent but under 60 percent receive PCDO's recommendation that the candidate appear "in the column" on the June Primary election ballot along with the endorsed Democratic candidates, but without the party slogan ("Regular Democratic Organization"). A joint meeting of the Princeton Borough and Township Democratic Commitees on Monday March 26 will consider these results and make its own recommendation to the County Chair. The County Democratic Chair makes the final determination regarding column position and slogan.

Answers to 6 questions for Candidates for Princeton Mayor and Council

On Sunday night (March 25, check-in 6pm at The Jewish Center of Princeton, 435 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08540), the PCDO will hear from a total of 12 candidates seeking the 6 positions on the new town Council and for Mayor. Since there will be limited time to hear from each candidate, the PCDO and the joint Borough-Township Democratic Committees prepared six questions for the candidates to answer in advance of the meeting.

The six questions are:

  1. What do you see as the two biggest challenges facing our community and how do you think we should tackle them?  
  2. What steps do you think we need to take to make sure Princeton remains an affordable and diverse town?   
  3. What policies would you implement to help the downtown business district remain strong and vital?  
  4. How can we encourage new economic development while expanding the amount of dedicated open space?   
  5. What is the importance of town-gown relations to Princeton's future?  How would you attempt to affect them?  
  6. What are the most important opportunities that consolidation offers the Princeton community?  

Click on each name below to see the candidate's answers to the six questions.

CANDIDATES FOR PRINCETON MAYOR

Liz Lempert

Kevin Wilkes

CANDIDATES FOR PRINCETON COUNCIL (6 SEATS)

Jo Butler

Jenny Crumiller

Heather Howard

Lance Liverman

Roger Martindell

Tamera Matteo

Bernie Miller

Yina Moore

Scott Sillars

Patrick Simon

Statements from Candidates for Princeton Mayor and Council

PCDO members will vote to endorse candidates for Mayor and the six new Council seats on Sunday, March 25. The meeting will be held at The Jewish Center of Princeton, 435 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08540-4611 (Nassau St, between Cedar Lane and Riverside Drive). Check-in starts at 6pm and the program will begin at 6:30pm.

Click on each name below to see the candidate's statement and contact information.

CANDIDATES FOR PRINCETON MAYOR

Liz Lempert

Kevin Wilkes

CANDIDATES FOR PRINCETON COUNCIL (6 SEATS)

Jo Butler

Jenny Crumiller

Heather Howard

Lance Liverman

Roger Martindell

Tamera Matteo

Bernie Miller

Yina Moore

Scott Sillars

Patrick Simon

Message from the PCDO President

PCDO Endorses Sue Nemeth for Assembly; Menendez and Holt Address Meeting

Submitted by Dan on February 27, 2012 - 7:42pm

The Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) endorsed candidates for all non-local offices at its monthly meeting on Sunday, February 26th. The evening began with presentations by U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and Representative Rush Holt before a crowd of well over one hundred that included PCDO members, elected officials and members of the public. Jackie Cornell-Bechelli, the NJ State Director of Obama for America provided an update on the presidential campaign.

The one contest for the group's endorsement was for the special NJ 16th District Assembly election. After a debate between candidates Sue Nemeth of Princeton and Marie Corfield of Flemington, 75 ballots were cast by eligible PCDO members residing in Princeton whose dues were paid at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting. Ms. Nemeth received 75 percent of the vote, Ms. Corfield 21 percent, and 4 percent chose "no endorsement." Ms. Nemeth's tally exceeded the 60 percent required for full endorsement.

The group endorsed the remainder of the slate by voice vote, which includes President Obama, Senator Menendez, Representative Holt as well as Mercer County Freeholders Ann Cannon, Pasquale "Pat" Colavita and Samuel Frisby.

PCDO meeting
Pictured (clockwise, starting upper left): Rush Holt; Sue Nemeth and Marie Corfield; Sam Frisby, Pat Colavita, Ann Cannon; Robert Menendez addressing the crowd.
Additional photos of the meeting are on the PCDO Facebook page:
http://on.fb.me/y2hj5B

The PCDO will endorse candidates for all local Princeton offices, including six Council seats and Mayor, at its next meeting on Sunday, March 25. The meeting will start at 6pm at the Suzanne Patterson Center in Princeton, behind Borough Hall.

PCDO Reorganization for 2012

THE 2012 PCDO EXECUTIVE BOARD

The PCDO membership elected the following officers and Executive Board members at its meeting on January 29, 2012:

President: Dan Preston
VP Borough: Sheldon Sturges
VP Township: Walter Bliss
Treasurer: David Cohen
Assistant Treasurer: Ginger Lennon
Corresponding Sec: Peter Wolanin
Recording Sec: Peter Lindenfeld

Borough At Large:

Donald Dowd
Anne Neumann
Patrick Simon
Bainy Suri
Kate Warren
Tom Zucosky

Township At Large:

Jose Alcantara
Doreen Blanc Rockstrom
Sondra Bierman
Kip Cherry
Liz Cohen
Jim Floyd
 

 

 

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