Democratic Watch Party Joins Two Towns

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Linda Stender shows off her "Democratic" shoes to (l to r) Bruce Bergen, Mayoral candidate Kevin Glover and Council candidate  Colleen Gialanella for Scotch Plains, and Council candidates Jack Molenaar and Dan Levine for Fanwood,.
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Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahy (center) Jack Molenaar(r)  and Dan Levine
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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – More than 60 people attended when the Scotch Plains and Fanwood Democratic parties joined forces Thursday night to watch the National Convention and present their candidates at the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad on Bartle Avenue.

“We really should have done this long ago,” said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr.  “The energy in this room is amazing!”

Assemblywomen Linda Stender was there to represent the Democrats at the State level, Freeholder candidate Bruce Bergen represented Union County,  Mayoral candidate Kevin Glover and Council candidate  Colleen Gialanella for Scotch Plains, and Council candidates Jack Molenaar and Dan Levine represented Fanwood,.

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Assemblywomen Linda Stender thanked everyone for coming, emphasizing how important it was for America as a whole that we “all band together from the bottom up and top down” to make sure that President Obama remained in office and that local candidates had the support that they needed.

Freeholder hopeful Bergan agreed with Mayor Mahr, that the energy in the room was truly amazing, and  said “I know what we need to do together-we can’t let America go the way of New Jersey, with tax cuts for the rich and high property taxes for everyone else.  We have to go forward, not backward!”

Mayoral hopeful Kevin Glover began his comments at the national level.  “President Obama began his term with a very deep hole in front of him – when that happens it takes some time to bring it level and then begin to build up, and yes, we are better off than we were four years ago!”

Councilman Glover went on to say how it broke his heart to hear of Scotch Plains residents who have to move because they can no longer afford to live in town.  While he sees himself as a “fiscal conservative”, he also thinks that it is possible to do more with less, and “with your help we can do it!”

Colleen Gialanella is a newcomer to local politics.  However, her command of the English language left no doubt in anyone’s mind that she knows how to handle herself in the public eye.  “I have to explain about my hair – last year I was very tired and we discovered something that needed to be dealt with, I took my medicine and now I’m back with short hair!  Scotch Plains is a bit like that – a little tired beneath the surface and the treatment for the town is Kevin Glover for Mayor and me for Council!”

To the chant of “Jack is back”, Jack Malanaar took the floor to say he was glad to be running again for Council after a few years of “hiatus”.  “All of you Scotch Plains residents make sure you talk to all your friends in Fanwood, to come out and vote.”

Dan Levine, another newcomer to politics, admitted that Linda Stender had “recruited” him to run for Council, but it was “Colleen who really convinced me and I am looking forward to representing Fanwood.”

Assemblywomen Stender than closed out the comments by expressing her wish that the “Independents, and Republicans with open minds are hearing the case of opening the American Dream to everyone and not just the privileged few.  It’s important for everyone to work to re-elect President Obama.”

This declaration was met with much hand clapping and cheering, which quickly quieted down when U.S. Rep. Rush Holt called in from the Convention Floor to say a few words.

In summary, Kevin Glover encapsulated the whole spirit of the evening with his comment that it was “shared services at its best” to see both towns coming together for a common cause.

“This has truly been an amazing,” said Mayor Mahr.  “This is what I hope will be the first of many such evenings.”

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