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


PCDO Endorsement Meeting For Princeton Council, Sunday March 30

Mar 30 2014 7:15 pm



New Location:  Princeton Unitarian-Universalist Church

                          50 Cherry Hill Rd (corner of Rt. 206)

                          Princeton, NJ 08540


New Time:        7:15 PM  (Doors Open for Registration Check-In)

                          7:45 PM  (Program Starts)

                          8:30 PM  (Voting)

You must have joined or renewed your PCDO Membership no later than March 16, 2014 in order to participate in the endorsement vote.


Parking:            Car-Pooling is encouraged.


                          Parking is available at: 1)  the U-U Church, 2) the Princeton         

                          Municipal Complex on Witherspoon St., and 3)  on Witherspoon St. and Valley Rd.

                          along the Valley Rd. School Building.


Moderator:       The New Jersey League of Women Voters


Format:            1)  Candidates will speak for 3 minutes each.

                         2)   30 minutes of Q and A with written questions from attendees.

                         3)   Vote by secret ballot.  One ballot only.  No run-off.

                         4)  60% of the votes cast is required to receive the PCDO Endorsement.


We look forward to seeing you on March 30th!


Jon Durbin

President, PCDO

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