PCDO Annual Re-organization Meeting and Potluck Dinner

Jan 26 2014 6:30 pm


All PCDO members and friends are cordially invited to join us for our annual leadership election and potluck dinner on Sunday, January 26 at 6:30pm. Please bring a dish to share. Suzanne Patterson Center, 45 Stockton Street (behind Monument Hall - the former Borough Hall)


PCDO members will vote to elect a new Excutive Board or 2014.

PCDO members will also vote on bylaws changes to modify the language related to endorsements (see attached).

To vote at this meeting you must have joined or renewed your membership at least 14 days before the meeting.


Nominations for 2014 PCDO Executive Board




2014 Candidate(s)


Jon Durbin

1st Vice President

Owen O’Donnell

2nd Vice President

Margaret Griffin


David Cohen

Assistant Treasurer

Ginger Lennon

Recording Secretary

Peter Lindenfeld

Corresponding Secretary

Kathleen Cassidy

At-large (12 spots)

Jose Alcantara


Kip Cherry


Mary Clurman


Liz Cohen


Amner DeLeon


Donald Dowd


Jim Floyd


Richard Meyer


Sue Nemeth


Anne Neumann


Fay Reiter


Linda Schwimmer


Sheldon Sturges


PCDO Holiday Celebration and Membership Meeting

Dec 15 2013 7:00 pm

A Tribute to Nelson Mandela 

followed by

Holiday Celebration

Sunday, December 15th 7:00-9:00 PM at the Suzanne Patterson Center
(located behind the former Borough Municipal Building)

A Proposed By-Laws Change will also be presented, to be voted on at the January meeting

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Also: An open house for potential Princeton Council candidates and PCDO Executive Board candidates will preceed the monthly meeting from 6-7 PM at the Suzanne Patterson Center. All interested Democrats are welcome and encouraged to attend for an informal discussion to learn how to get more involved.

Click here for details of the PCDO leadership election process.

Click here for details about running for local office.



PCDO General Membership Meeting

Nov 17 2013 7:30 pm

Democracy and the Local Media

Sunday, November 17, 7:30 pm at the Suzanne Patterson Center

(behind the old Borough Hall)


Panel Moderator:  Paul Starr, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, and Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs, Princeton University. 


Panelist:  Brad Koltz, General Manager, Packet Media Group

Panelist:  Krystal Knapp  Planet Princeton.

Panelist:  Patience Haggin, Daily Princetonian.


Paul Starr is a Pulitzer Prize-winning professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University.  He holds the Stuart Chair in Communications and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School.  He is also the co-editor and co-founder of The American ProspectHis book, The Creation of the Media, received the 2005 Goldsmith Book Prize.


Relevant works of interest:

A Future for Public Media in New Jersey (2010) By Paul Starr, Scott Weingart and Micah Joselow

Less News is Bad News: The Media Crisis and New Jersey’s News Deficit (2009) By Scott Weingart



Help Get Out the Vote

Help Princeton Democrats get out the vote! You don't need any campaign experience... just a little enthusiasm and an hour or two to spare.

Princeton turnout is key to putting Marie Corfield over the top this year for the LD-16 NJ Assembly. She only lost by only about 500 votes last fall. Let's catapult her to victory and knock out Tea Party Republican Donna Simon. We need a Democratic voice from our legislative district in Trenton!

There are also important Princeton Council races, 3 school board seats, and ballot questions including #2 which would override the Christie veto and raise the NJ minimum wage.

Join your fellow Democrats:

  • Saturday 10 am to 7 pm at 196 Bayard Ln
  • Sunday 12 noon to 7 pm at 5 Evelyn Pl
  • Monday 9 am to 7 pm at 5 Evelyn Pl

Sue Nemeth is hosting a day of coordinated campaign GOTV activities this Saturday in Princeton:

* Lit drops * Phone banking * Button making * Lawn sign assembling and distribution

196 Bayard Lane is located off Mountain Avenue.

We will continue Sunday and Monday at 5 Evelyn Pl., located off Nassau St.

* Lit drops * Phone banking * Lawn sign distribution

You can also take a list to make calls from home and bring it back when you're done.

Vote for Democrats on November 5, and vote YES to raise the minimum wage!

This video features small business owners who believe raising the minimum wage will boost the economy and benefit workers and business owners alike. Produced by former PCDO president Dan Preston pro-bono for the NJ Main Street Alliance.

PCDO Meeting - Candidates and Campaigns Night

Oct 20 2013 7:30 pm

PCDO Monthly Meeting


2013 Candidates and Campaigns Night


Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM

Suzanne Patterson Center

45 Stockton Street

behind Monument Hall (former Borough Hall)


  • Campaign Updates
  • Vote on Resolutions
    • Support the Minimum Wage Ballot Question
    • Support for Tuition Equality Bills
  • Marriage Equality.  We will discuss the recent Superior Court ruling that “Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey constitution” and Governor Christie’s efforts to block any rulings or legislation that would achieve this goal.


Come hear the latest about our Democratic candidates and the PCDO’s and Municipal Committee’s GOTV efforts for the November election.


The slate of Democratic candidates, some of whom (or their representatives) will address the meeting:


Princeton Council                                 Mercer County Freeholders

Jenny Crumiller                                    Anthony Carabelli

Patrick Simon                                       Andrew Koontz


            16th District State Senate

Christian Mastondrea


16th District State Assembly                Governor and Lt. Governor

            Marie Corfield                                      Barbara Buono

            Ida Ochoteco                                      Milly Silva




Minimum Wage Ballot Question - We hope to have a representative of Working Families United for New Jersey and their “Raise the Wage” campaign.



RESOLVED, on this 20th Day of October 2013, the PCDO urges all voters to vote "Yes" on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 on Ballot Question #2, to raise New Jersey's minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $8.25 per hour and to provide annual cost-of-living adjustments.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the PCDO urges all voters to vote for Democratic candidates whose strong support for increasing the minimum wage is a key issue that distinguishes them from their Republican opponents.



Tuition Equality Bills – The full text of the whereas section of the resolution will be available at the meeting and is available online



PCDO Resolution

Supporting Legislation for Resident Immigrant Tuition Equity

A4225, S2479, and A3162




That the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) supports the provision of in-state tuition to students who have attended high school in New Jersey for at least three years, and graduated, and who file to legalize their immigration status, regardless of the status of their parents, as well as access by these students to financial aid for which they otherwise qualify; and


That the PCDO supports the passage of A4225, S2479, and A3162 as amended; and

That the PCDO is very aware of the social, cultural and economic contributions of immigrants and the importance of integrating them into the social and economic fabric of our community; and


That the PCDO has concluded that it is important to the economy to provide equitable access to higher education to young immigrants raised and educated in the U.S; and

That the PCDO believes that an educated population is better prepared to be a productive population rather than a burden to society; and


That copies of this resolution are to be distributed to state and local leaders and agencies, including the Governor, State Legislative Officials, the Mayor of Princeton and Princeton Council, and the Princeton Public Schools Board, as listed below.


Governor Chris Christie

Senator Kip Bateman

Assemblyman Frank Ciatarelli

Assemblywoman Donna Simon


Mayor Liz Lempert

Members of the Princeton Council

            Bernie Miller, President

            Jo Butler

            Jenny Crumiller

            Heather Howard

            Patrick Simon

            Lance Liverman


Judy Wilson, Superintendent, Princeton Schools District

Members of the Princeton Schools Board

            Tim Quinn, President

            Andrea Spalla

            Dorothy Bedford

            Molly Chrein

            Dan Houghton

            Afsheen Shamsi

            Rebecca Cox

            Martha Land

            Patrick Sullivan

Evelyn Spann

Adam Ainslie

KC Reed-Fischer