Jill LaZare, who recently was defeated in her bid for New Jersey State Senate, was the guest speaker at The Fortnightly Club of Summit's November general meeting. LaZare shared her experience running for office in a lively nonpartisan discussion at Twin Maples' Clubhouse, explaining that many 'non-political people' decide to run for office after a "triggering event" in their lives.

For LaZare, this life-changing event was when her daughter Brooke tragically died from a drug overdose five years ago, which resulted in her becoming passionate about battling opioid addiction and deciding to step into the ring of New Jersey state elections.

"Politics is not a bystander sport. It affects all of us," she stressed. "Anything we can do to get more peoples' voices heard would be a good thing," adding "No one candidate is more important than our democratic process."

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The Fortnightly Club of Summit is a volunteer organization of women from Summit, New Providence, Short Hills, Chatham and surrounding communities. The Club holds its general meetings, which are open to the public and new members, at Twin Maples every second Wednesday of the month.

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