On Monday, October 21st, two women from Bernards Township were honored for their service to Somerset County and the Democratic Party.  Nancy D'Andrea, Chairwoman of the Bernards Township Democratic Committee (BTDC), and Jennifer Kluger, County Committee Person, both received the Eleanor Roosevelt Volunteer Service Award which honors Somerset County women who volunteer their time to promote and enhance the Democratic principles in our local communities. The award is given through the Somerset County Federation of Democratic Women organization. Special guests included Mrs. Tammy Murphy and the current Attorney General of Minnesota, Keith Ellison, both whom gave congratulatory and encouraging speeches. 

Nancy D'Andrea received the surprise County Award given by Somerset County Chairwoman and New Jersey State Interim Vice Chairwoman Peg Schaffer. In her acceptance speech, Ms. D'Andrea mentioned how her achievements with the BTDC could not have happened without the assistance and support of many people in Bernards Township. The Somerset County Democrats, original members of the BTDC, and the Bernards Township Progressive Women all helped to create what is now a thriving democratic party in Bernards Township. This year, the BTDC endorsed Dr. Sophia Chadda for Bernards Township Committee who was also at the event.

Jennifer Kluger received her award for her work in Get Out The Vote, Vote by Mail, and for her work in registering people to vote, regardless of political party. Her work in the Vote By Mail initiative contributed to Democratic wins in the 2018 congressional, county, and local races. She believes that voter participation is key to a strong and thriving democracy. She made a special effort to encourage young people to become fully engaged and knowledgeable voters, participating in numerous voter registration drives and classroom visits at Raritan Valley Community College. In her (rare) spare time, Jen indulges in her love of music by playing saxophone in the Raritan Valley Symphonic Band.