Somerset County Democrats Suspend Campaign Fundraising to Raise Money for Harvey Relief

Democrat Freeholder Candidate Alex Avellan, Franklin Councilwoman Shanel Robinson and Somerville Council President Steve Peter. Credits: Somerset County Democratic Committee

SOMERSET HILLS NJ - The Somerset County Democratic Committee (SCDC) has suspended its county campaign fundraising efforts through the Labor Day weekend and is dedicating all its development efforts to raising money for the people affected the devastating floods in Texas and Louisiana due to Hurricane Harvey.

“Our hearts go out to all the people affected by this terrible storm,” said Shanel Robinson, Councilwoman in Franklin Township and candidate for Somerset County Freeholder. “Having grown up in New Orleans and lived through Sandy, I know how hard and long the recovery for the victims of Hurricane Harvey will be. We are dedicated to helping the people of Texas and Louisiana.”

SCDC's announcement follows a successful second quarter in which the party raised $46,994.17, which was slightly better than their Republican counterpart.  SCDC's successful second quarter was buoyed by a $37,000 donation from the Democrat Governors Association in Washington DC.

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The SCDC has launched a micro-site with the help of the American RedCross and has asked all its members and supporters to make a contribution. The direct URL to share is

“I will be making a donation myself to help those affected by these terrible floods,” said Alex Avellan, attorney and candidate for Somerset County Freeholder. “The trials these people are enduring are so much more important than raising a few dollars for my campaign, and I’m glad we’re making this shift over the holiday weekend.”

SCDC also suggests that $10 gift can also be made by texting HARVEY to 90999, or a donor can make a gift by check, you can make it out to "American Red Cross" and mail it to: Somerset County Democratic Committee, 141 W. Main Street, Somerville, 08876.

“I ask everyone to join us in supporting the victims of this superstorm,” said Somerville Council President Steve Peter, candidate for Somerset County Clerk. “This is a time for all of us to come together and help our fellow Americans in need, not a time to be worrying about funding a political campaign.”

The SCDC will resume its fundraising program after the Labor Day holiday, but will continue to solicit funds for Red Cross Harvey relief and plans to hold blood drives in the coming weeks and months to address that pressing need.

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