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February Community Gathering
All Politics Are Local - Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019,  3:00-4:30 pm

Hear about current local initiatives, budgets and ways that residents can get involved from our first Mayors’ Panel participants.

  • Mark Baum Baicker, Chair of Solebury Supervisors
  • Betsy Driver, Flemington
  • Julia Fahl, Lambertville
  • Janice Kovach, Clinton
  • Brad Myhre, Frenchtown
  • Ron Strouse, Doylestown
Also - Meet the Democratic candidates running for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Bucks County in the ILNH Candidates Corner.
What Makes Jane or Dick Run — For Office?

Why would anyone put themselves out there to run for office in today’s political climate? Fortunately, many do, as in this most recent election we saw a significant increase in the number of candidates. Still, there are many areas - local politics especially - where there are unopposed seats. Is this your year? Hear from some who have taken leap.

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Make a Run for It! Resources and What You Need to Know (WYNTK)

Running for office in Hunterdon County – WYNTK: County Clerk Mary Melfi is your go-to resource. Here’s a link to a page with tons of helpful information. Mary has a very extensive packet of information at her office for political hopefuls. She is also willing to sit down with a potential candidate and go over what needs to happen to get on the ballot. She would like to see more women take on governing roles. “Women bring a totally different dynamic to politics. I think women are more analytical, solution-oriented, and think outside of box,” she says.

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  • 86% of us think America’s democracy is broken.
  • There are 500,000 elected offices in the U.S.  Less than one-third are held by women. An organization called She Should Run has set a goal of 250,000 women in elected office by 2030.  She Should Run’s Incubator program supports 14,000 women in finding their unique path to elected office. Over 130 Incubator members were on the ballot in 2018.
  • The current Congress is the most diverse in our history.  The House has 102 women, a record, yet still only 23% of the voting members. The Senate has 25 women, a record, yet still only 25% of the total. This Congress also has the largest number of Blacks (55), Hispanics/Latin Americans (44), Asians/Pacific Islanders (15), and Native Americans (4), making up 22% of Congress. The 116th Congress also has 10 members who openly identify as LGBTQ.
  • Search over 142,286 elected offices across the U.S. to find the ones you’re eligible to run for based on where you live: https://www.runforoffice.org/

Sources:  
https://wholeads.us/electedofficials/
https://www.sheshouldrun.org/outcomes-impact/
https://ballotpedia.org/116th_United_States_Congress

ILNH FYI - Your Activists in Action

Environment Action Group: ILNH joined several other environmental groups signing a letter to the governors of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania calling for stringent review of the PennEast Pipeline project, saying that the application for PennEast to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) do not demonstrate that the pipeline meets the requirements of law. Subsequently, Governor Phil Murphy announced his support for a full fracking ban in the Delaware River Basin and issued a letter to the DRBC expressing his position that proposed rules should be amended to ban all fracking activity, including the import, treatment, and discharge of fracking wastewater.

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Don’t argue.  Arguing will only reinforce “their” position and set up defensiveness. Instead, use a personal experience that diffuses the fire.

Someone says, “Evolution is just a theory.”
Say This: I loved watching the super blood wolf moon eclipse in January.  I was glad that theory let astronomers predict it, so I could go out on that cold night to witness it.
Not This: Evolution is not just a theory.  It is a concept with probability on its side.

Someone says, “Government should get out of our lives.”
Say This: The National Weather Service forecasts saved my family members from California mudslides and Houston hurricanes.
Not This: If you think government should get out of our lives, then you should believe it should bug off about my reproductive rights.

Someone says, “Don’t take away my guns.  I have a right to them.”
Say This: I watched an old western about Tombstone AZ – Marshall Earp required visitors to disarm when they came into town.  It was the town law.
Not This:  More people with guns makes me less safe, not more safe.

Civics 101 - Your State Legislature and Judiciary

New Jersey — The NJ Legislative branch is comprised of the Senate and General Assembly. The Senate has 40 members, and the General Assembly has 80 members. One senator and two assembly members are elected from each of the 40 districts of New Jersey. The Senate and General Assembly meet for about 40 sessions a year on Mondays and Thursdays.

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SAVE THE DATE:
Community Meeting - March 31, 2019 - 3:00-4:30 pm


Contributors: Amara Willey, Paige Barnett, Cheryl Clark, Olga Vannucci, Elizabeth Watson, Cynthia Zenkus, Deb Kline
Indivisible Lambertville / New Hope Leadership Team

Admin/Tech Team – Elaine Clisham & Karen Mitchell
Communications – Deb Kline
Creative Progressive Reframing – Open
Events – Olga Vannucci
Finance – Elycia Lerman and Alison Levine
ILNH Leader – Cindi Sternfeld 
Issue Group Support – Sarah Gold & Susan Shapiro
Membership - Nancy Boelter
Social Media – Nancy Boelter and Leila Rice
Worker Bees – Zoe Langdon

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