A letter to the editor by Christine Germann of North Hanover, NJ
How often do we hear that political party bosses have too much control over our elections? Have you ever wanted more input on which candidate gets your party’s endorsement? Do you want to help frame your party’s platform? This is where the democratic process begins and on June 5, Primary Election Day, you have an opportunity to be part of that process.
On the bottom of the primary ballot you will find people running for County Committee. These people are the ones who are supposed to represent you at the party meetings where the platforms are set, where appointments are made and where the decisions on which candidates get the coveted party line are made.
Too often county committee seats are filled by people who don’t understand what the position they hold is about. Too many seats are left vacant, leaving many voting districts unrepresented. Since most people don’t know or understand what the position truly is for, the County Committee has merely become the vehicle by which the party leadership legitimizes their power and control.
If you truly want to see better candidates run for office, have more input on your party’s platform, and take control back from the ‘corrupt party bosses’, then educate yourself and others on the power of County Committee. Hold your county committee people accountable and make sure they are representing your interests. Is there a vacant seat in your district? Then write your own name in and take your place in the room where the decisions are made.
Don’t waste this important opportunity to have your voice heard in your party, whichever one it may be.
Editor’s note: The opinions in this letter are the author’s only.
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