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New Jersey Democratic State Chairman John Currie. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Grassroots activists weigh in for Currie

By David Wildstein, December 21 2018 4:18 pm

More than a dozen grassroots progressive activists have endorsed John Currie for re-election as Democratic State Chairman.

Among the activists backing Currie are New Jersey CWA state director Hetty Rosenstein, New Jersey Working Families Alliance executive director Analilia Mejia, Action Together New Jersey executive director Winn Khuong, NJ 11th for Change executive director Saily Avelenda, Blue Wave NJ chair Marcia Marley and New Jersey Citizen Action executive director Phyllis Salowe-Kaye.

“The push to unseat Democratic Party Chairman Currie is a clear continuation of the redistricting power grab and attempt to fully control the 2019 redistricting process that grassroots activists defeated just a week ago,” the group said in a statement.

Also backing Currie: Sue Altman of South Jersey Women for Progressive Change;  Alison Arne of Action Together Atlantic County; Catherine Brienza of JOLT Ridgewood; Elizabeth Glynn and Margaret Illes of NJ 7 Forward; Jessica Shaw of SOMA Action; Madeline Trimble of Indivisible NJ 5th District; and Anna Wong of Action Together, NE Region.

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  1. Under normal circumstances, I would not particularly care about the election of a party chairperson. In this case, however, it is clearly an attempt by the Sweeney/Norcross power brokers to get around the will of the people, who clearly, decisively, and vocally rebuffed their attempt to stack the deck, to make a partisan redistricting commission. Even with a few sops to the public thrown in, we do not want partisan language in our constitution—and apparently the pols don’t want to make the real changes needed to ensure fair elections in our state—ranked-choice voting, independent redistricting commission that includes unaffiliated voters.
    Our system has much room for improvement—but we will not sit idly by as, having failed one attempt to more-or-less cheat, they try another way to move the system closer to the gerrymandering that is being widely rejected here and in other states.

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