By Amy Torres and Brad Londin
After the polls closed on Tuesday night, the Hudson County Progressive Alliance and the Progressive Democrats of Hudson County came together to meet in person. For some of us, it was the first time we had met face to face, or at least the first time since before the pandemic.
On a night of wins and losses (and races that remain too close to call), we celebrated the largest victory of all: holding the people in power accountable to their constituents.
More exciting than any individual victory is the continued growth of the progressive movement in Hudson County. We toasted the advancements our organizations made in educating the public on the influence of the county committee in local politics and in assembling a growing roster of top notch volunteers and activists.
Most importantly, we celebrated our contribution toward giving the people the chance to decide who best represents them.
Sadly, none of this happened in uncontested districts, where few of the unchallenged candidates knocked on doors in their neighborhoods.
And with our sorry electoral process, why would they?
New Jersey’s singularly corrupt “county line” ballot design disenfranchises independent challengers and misleads voters while allowing establishment politicians to avoid real campaigning and honest governance. The neglect of our elections extends even to how they are administered. Errors made by poorly trained staff, polling locations moved at the last minute, and the delayed mailing of sample ballots caused frustration for those who did vote, and doubtless discouraged many more from participating.
Our organizations, and our friends and allies across the progressive space, will continue to amplify the promise of community over corruption, and we invite you to join us. Together, we can redouble our voter outreach, amplify our local advocacy and activism, and increase our electoral recruitment and candidate support efforts.
Together, we can secure even greater gains next cycle, and in doing so, make our elections more accessible, transparent and fair.
Thank you to all of the voters, volunteers, contributors and supporters. Our wins are your wins, and we look forward to continuing to celebrate them together.
Amy Torres represents Hudson County Progressive Alliance and Brad Londin represents Progressive Democrats of Hudson County, two organizations fighting for transparency, accountability and independent, progressive political change.
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