WESTFIELD, November 18, 2017—Fresh off the heels of Westfield’ New Jersey’s historic municipal election, in which twelve years of Republican rule was upended in the biggest democratic sweep in almost 300 years of town history, NJ7 Citizens for Change hosted a victory party for the town’s formidable grass roots group, Westfield 20/20.
Congratulations were in order for the advocacy of the group’s members, whose efforts at holding local town officials accountable led to the realization that the status quo was no longer tenable. Although Westfield 20/20 was originally formed in response to national political events, members of the group played a vital role in shaping the dialog during the election season, by attending local town halls, asking the necessary questions, and challenging the dismissive attitude of town officials toward their constituents. When the local slate of democratic candidates—all newcomers to the political arena-- came together to challenge all five of the eligible seats, it was predicted by local pundits that it was unlikely that all the seats would flip.
While Westfield 20/20 itself did not officially endorse any particular candidates, many members of the group used their activist skills to assist in a variety of volunteer and canvassing activities for the local candidates of their choice. Not only were the local pundits proven wrong, but history was made in more ways than one. A democrat won a town council seat in the toniest ward in town—a first ever. A woman won the mayoral seat—also unprecedented. In fact, overnight, the town governing body went from eight men and one woman to five men and four women. Now Westfield has a truly bipartisan government and NJ7Citizens for Change couldn’t be prouder of our friends and neighbors in this inspiring community.
NJ7Citizens for Change is currently raising money to fund a video ad campaign to counter Lance’s so-called “moderate” image that is being portrayed by GOP Super PAC television ads currently running. The video will be boosted to Undecideds, Independents and disenchanted Republicans. The focus of the ad will be on Lance’s out-of-touch voting record and weakness in leadership. The PAC is not at this time featuring any other candidates in the ad campaign as it supports the primary process. The PAC will support whichever candidate wins the primary. Video ads are upwards of $2,000 to produce and cost money to boost. To donate to the video ad campaign, please click here to DONATE.