Hoboken411 contributor estevens wants to tell you a little sumptin’ about tomorrow’s Primary Election:
WTF do “committe people” do?
“Much attention has been given to this year’s local elections. April’s school board election, the recent municipal election for Hoboken Mayor & Council At-Large, and the upcoming runoff election will have a significant impact on the efforts of those endeavoring to bring reform and change to what many believe could be a world-class city. Lost among these, perhaps, is the Primary Election on Tuesday, June 2. Governor Corzine is running for the Democratic nomination with token opposition, while our Democratic State Assembly candidates are running unopposed for the party nomination. While there would seem to be little reason for local Democrats to vote, I implore my neighbors to go to the polls and vote for reform-minded committee members, those mysterious names at the bottom of the ballot.
Read the rest after the jump…
Two members, one male and one female, represent each of Hoboken’s 36 voting districts. Those 72 individuals comprise the Hoboken Democratic Party (HDP) and represent Hoboken Democrats in the Hudson County Democratic committee. In years past, the HDP has functioned as little more than a means for the local political “machine” to funnel contributions to favored candidates running in Hoboken’s non-partisan races (city and school races in which candidates are not affiliated with a political party). The committee can collect contributions in greater amounts than candidates and may in turn contribute to candidates without limit. In his last two years in office, former Mayor Anthony Russo used the committee to provide his teams with nearly $220,000. Mayor David Roberts used the committee to funnel nearly $600,000 to his teams.
In 2007, a substantial number of reform-minded individuals ran for committee seats and won. Since then, the HDP has adopted bylaws (it never had any) that precluded the committee from supporting candidates in non-partisan elections. The bylaws created a number of sub-committees that would engage in various efforts, such as voter registration, political education, and support of candidates in partisan races, including the Presidential primary. Committee members must run every year, and a loss of seats could result in a rollback of the progress they’ve made. I urge my fellow residents to look for candidates running on either the Democrats for Reform line (Column E) or the Hoboken Independent Democrats line. In my neighborhood, I’m advocating for Frank Rosner and Deborah Keyser-Rosner in Ward 1-District 3, Susan Chait and Steve Sternberg in 1-4, Helen Hirsch and Stephen Kilnisan in 1-5, and Gary and Ann Holtzman in 1-6. Please look for them at the bottom of the ballot and help keep reform moving forward in Hoboken.”