PATERSON, NJ - In a sweltering storefront on Ellison Street Paterson’s Bill Pascrell gave his marching orders to a band of loyal Democratic Party activists with visions of changing the nation’s course in November’s election.
“If we don’t vote they’ll have free reign,” he said referring to the already Republican controlled White House, Senate, and House of Representatives. Healthcare, social security, and immigration are a few of the hot button issues the long time congressman said needed the attention of the Democratic Party in the coming years.
Pulling a copy of the U.S. Constitution and a list of the nearly 3,000 killed on 9-11 he said “this is what’s at stake in this election.
“Everything is local,” Senator Nellie Pou told the crowded room. “The decisions that are being made today will effect generations of Americans.”
“We have work to do.”
Leading a slate of candidates for Passaic County Freeholder and County Clerk was Freeholder Director Sandi Lazzara who said that her running mates, Assad Akhter and John Bartlett are committed to “keeping the lines of communication open between all levels of government.”
Offering a litany of points from her Party’s platform Lazzara would go on to say that under Democratic control “our county’s parks are beautiful, money is being invested into our infrastructure, and we are helping veterans, senior citizens, and the disadvantaged to improve their quality of life.”
“We are not here to preach to the choir,” Danielle Ireland Imhof, candidate for Passaic County Clerk said. “We are here to give the choir something to sing about.”
Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh reminded those gathered.
“That is the day we get redemption.”