FLEMINGTON, N..J — Betsy Driver, the first-term Flemington Councilperson who is seeking to be elected Mayor of the borough in the upcoming November elections, announced she has received the endorsement of Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s leading advocacy and education organization supporting the LGBTQI community.
Driver became the first LGBTQI person to serve on the Flemington Borough Council when she was elected in 2017.
“It is a tremendous honor to have the support of Garden State Equality, and to be representing the LGBTQI community in this capacity at a time when the equality and civil rights for which so many diverse people and groups in our country have been fighting so long and hard for are under such extreme attack,” Driver said. “However, I am running to be mayor of Flemington to serve the people of Flemington and to make sure their local government is working for them—preventing irresponsible development, maintaining roads and infrastructure, delivering services in an efficient, responsive and transparent manner.”
Since taking office in 2017, Driver has instituted tuition credits for volunteer first responders at no cost to taxpayers, obtained a clean energy grant that saved taxpayers thousands of dollars on the library HVAC upgrade, established the borough’s first Pride Month to honor Flemington’s LGBTQI community, enabled the fire department to purchase new equipment, software and a new vehicle, and led efforts to have public meetings live streamed and made available for later viewing. Driver is also a chief critic of a controversial and contentious deal for the redevelopment of Flemington’s historic downtown.
Driver was previously endorsed by the Victory Fund, a national political action committee that supports LBGTQI candidates.
“We have three excellent candidates for Flemington who truly understand the importance of good governance,” said Arlene Quinones Perez, chair of the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee. “They also understand the importance of a diverse community to ensure a thriving local economy.”
Driver and her running mates, first-time candidates Chris Runion and Caitlin Giles-McCormick for Borough Council, are running as Democrats in Flemington’s Nov. 6 partisan municipal elections.
Established in 2004, Garden State Equality (GSE) is New Jersey’s largest LGBTQI advocacy organization, providing services including advocacy, public policy work and trainings. It is one of the most successful statewide civil rights organization for the LGBTQI community in the nation.
For more information on the campaign, visit www.abetterfitforflemington.com.