2014 PCDO Candidate’s Night

Oct 19 2014 7:30 pm

Pre-meeting Open House begins at 6:45 PM - learn how to get involved with the local party and govenment


Candidates Appearing

Bonnie Watson Coleman-12 District Congressional Candidate

Jack Kemler, Mercer County Sheriff Candidate

Lucy Walter, Mercer County Freeholder Candidate

John Cimino, Mercer County Freeholder Candidate

Jo Butler, Princeton Council Candidate

Bernie Miller, Princeton Council Candidate


Come hear the candidates and ask questions!!!!



State of NJ Ballot Questions 1 and 2 will be discussed


Public Question No. 1

Constitutional Amendment to Allow a Court to Order Pretrial Detention of a Person In a Criminal Case.


Public Question No. 2

Constitutional Amendment Dedicating State Funds for Open Space, Farmland, and Historic Preservation, and Changing Existing Dedication for Water Programs, Underground Storage Tanks, and Hazardous Site Cleanups.


At the Suzanne Patterson Center

(located behind Monument Hall)

7:30 - 9:00 pm

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 http://municipal-committee.princetondems.org.

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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Trenton from the Grassroots-Dynamic Visions for a Better Future

Jun 22 2014 7:30 pm

PCDO Monthly Membership Meeting

Trenton from the Grassroots Dynamic Visions for a Better Future

Leadership Panelists Include:

  • John Hatch – Architect – a Partner of Clark Caton Hintz and also a Partner of HHG Development Associates, specializing in the adaptive reuse of historic structures;
  • Rev. Toby Sanders, former President of the Trenton School Board and currently President, United Mercer interfaith Organization (UMIO), Pastor, Beloved Community Church;
  • Tracey Syphax, President, Capitol City Roofing (& Ex Con) and the subject of a book called From the Block to the Boardroom – The Tracey D. Syphax Story
  • Nakia White, Chief Municipal Prosecutor, City of Trenton;

Panel Moderator:

Jeff Laurenti – former Director of Foreign Policy Programs for The Century Foundation and former Co-Chair, Mercer for Obama .


At the Suzanne Patterson Center (located behind Monument Hall)  


The Public is Welcome!

Results from Princeton Council Endorsement Vote on March 30th, 2014

On Sunday, March 30th between 7:15-9:00 PM, the Princeton Democratic Community Organization (PCDO) met at the Princeton Unitarian-Universalist Church to hold its 2014 Princeton Council Endorsement Meeting.   Nearly 400 people attended the meeting.   The Official Results from Endorsement Vote:   368 Votes Cast (221 Votes Required To Achieve 60% Endorsement Threshold)  
  • Bernie Miller   216 votes
  • Sue Nemeth   197 votes
  • Jo Butler         165 votes
  While none of the candidates will receive the PCDO Endorsement, all three candidates performed very well, and all three surpassed our lower threshold of 40% ensuring them continued support from the PCDO through the 2014 June Primary.

Special Endorsement Meeting for U.S. Congress 12th District

Mar 9 2014 7:00 pm

The PCDO will hold a special 12th Congressional District Candidate Endorsement Meeting on Sunday, March 9 from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Suzanne Patterson Center in Princeton, NJ 08540.

We expect that all individuals who have officially declared their candidacy by then will be in attendance, so this will be a great opportunity for all of us to meet them and learn more about their backgrounds and policy priorities should they be our next representative in the U.S. Congress!!!

1)    Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the candidates from 7:00-7:30 that night. 

2)    The candidates will then each have several minutes to speak followed by Q&A from the audience. 

3)    We will then hold the endorsement vote by secret ballot. 

To vote in the endorsement process on March 9th, your 2014 membership dues must have been paid at least two weeks prior to the March 9th, which means the following:

1)  You can Register on-line through Sunday, February 23rd

2)  You can Register by snail mail, but your letter must be postmarked by Saturday, February 22nd

Membership Remains ONLY $15! Act Now!!!

Register On-Line:  https://www.princetondems.org/membership/join-renew

Register By Mail:  https://www.princetondems.org/files/join_the_PCDO.pdf

Candidate's letters to PCDO members are available below as PDF files, if you want to read more about them.

PCDO General Meeting: "The Jersey Fiscal Mess, and How Our Budget Policies Are Worsening Income Inequality" and PCDO Candidate Endorsement Night for County and U.S. Senate Candidates

Feb 23 2014 7:00 pm

"The Jersey Fiscal Mess, and How Our Budget Policies Are Worsening Income Inequality"


Gordon MacInnes, President, NJ Policy Perspective


PCDO Candidate Endorsement Night for County and U.S. Senate Candidates!!!!

Note: For the U.S. Congressional 12th District seat being vacated by Rush Holt, there will be a special PCDO endorsement meeting on Sunday, March 9

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

Representative for U.S. Senator Cory Booker

Mercer County Freeholder  Lucylle Walter

Mercer County Freeholder  John Cimino

Mercer County Sheriff        Jack Kemler


All attendees with an up to date PCDO Membership as of 2/09/14 may participate in the endorsement vote.


Sunday, February 23rd from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Suzanne Patterson Center

Join Us, Bring a Friend, and Your Questions