Statement from the Green Party of New Jersey: “Dominique Faison, Green Party Assembly candidate, LD11 petition confirmed by Secretary of State after being challenged by outgoing Democrats LD11 political campaign manager”
Statement from the Green Party of New Jersey: “Dominique Faison, Green Party Assembly candidate, LD11 petition confirmed by Secretary of State after being challenged by outgoing Democratic LD11 political campaign manager”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 17, 2021
The hearing was scheduled for the next morning at 9:00 a.m., which gave Ms Faison and GPNJ Elections Chairman Barry Bendar a short window to find a lawyer and prepare. In fact, when court proceedings began, they were told the final verdict was due by Thursday, June 17. The final list of certified candidates running is due to be released on Thursday, according to hearing representatives from the NJ’s Elections Division. .
Ms. Faison is an active member of the Asbury Park community. She is a dedicated housing activist, a proud black woman, mother of nine and this Covid-19 pandemic has impacted her in many ways. She has personally struggled and lost loved ones during this pandemic, but is still determined to be the change LD 11 really needs. Residents in her district signed on in hopes that she would be a fierce champion and a force to represent their voices this fall.
The purpose of the challenge and the reasoning still leaves us perplexed and we were unfortunately unable to obtain answers during the hearing of Mrs Gedrich. So instead of graciously accepting opposition as one would for the sake of democracy, we assume it acted for the campaign team of “Democratic” MPs Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey. She chose to challenge Faison’s signatures and try to silence a strong black woman who is rallying to represent her community. With this challenge, we Greens believe that Ms Gedrich has completely undermined progressive goals of resisting the status quo and, in many ways, has preserved the perpetual cycle of black female candidates and voters excluded from the electoral process.
Madelyn Hoffman, candidate for governor of the Green Party, wondered: “What about people who for years never had a candidate for whom they wanted to vote, who for years felt excluded by the two-party system, but who now want to vote for a candidate they feel better represent them? Dominique Faison’s campaign would focus on the issues of gentrification, housing and homelessness. People want to vote for someone who speaks directly on these issues. Removing the names of people from the petition because they are not registered, even if they are qualified to vote, is bad practice.
The Green Party of New Jersey will continue to support its candidates and will fight in this electoral cycle and the next to build a more sustainable, fair and democratic New Jersey. Since it might still take a few weeks to get the necessary documents from the state to formally certify Ms Faison’s campaign to set up her bank account, GPNJ decided to commit all donations allowed, per NJ finance laws. ELEC in force, via their Paypal link from today. until the end of June for the Dominique Faison campaign for LD 11. You can find this donation link here:
Democracy is called into question when so-called “progressive” allies try to knock us off the general election ballots. We have supported their work to try to reform this party and follow their lines, but finally we say that it is really time to consider organizing and working together here with us. When you don’t become different from the establishment people you’re trying to vote for, then who’s really worse?
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