New Jersey was once known as the most reliably Republican state in the Northeast. For 40 years, it voted Republican in all but one of the most consequential election in history: Lyndon Johnson 44 state landslide in 1964. As the national parties leaned more to the right, New Jersey state voters began to become more Democratic friendly: this was seen in the Bill Clinton 1992 Election. Since that time and all other elections, New Jersey has voted Democratic. New Jersey known now as the most reliable safe blue Democratic state, has more electoral votes per square mile than any state except Rhode Island. According to the 2010 Census Reapportionment, New Jersey will lose one electoral vote, giving it 14 for the 2012, 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.
Councilman Andre Sayegh and Democratic Delegate Georgia Daniel in collaboration with Organizing for America and other Obama supporters held a “Moving Forward Rally “ to encourage Paterson voters to come out and vote, not only for Barack Obama but vote for the entire Democratic ticket on Election Day. “Let’s get out and vote” shouting Mrs. Daniel, as the crowd was lead into the auditorium for some voters information and a meet & greet with Congressman Bill Pascrell, (seeking another term) Hector Lora, Rhonda Cotroneo, and John Bartlett (three Democratic candidates seeking a seat on the board of Chosen Freeholders.)
As the event moved forward Democratic Chairman John Currie provided insightful information on the rights of a voter. Mr. Currie stated” People vote for change and in 2008 they understood and voted for Barack Obama.” Mr. Currie introduced the three candidates to an eager crowd fired up for this election. While each candidate briefly qualified, the crowd began to cheer.
Candidates In Review (DEMOCRATS)
Hector C. Lora – Graduate of Seton Hall - Liberty Univ. College of St. Elizabeth. Serving as City of Passaic Councilman since July 2011. Hector works as a dept director for the St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic. He is married and has 3 children. Mr. Lora’s mes sage to the community is “let’s share ideas to make our county a better place to live.” Councilman Lora also finds time to donate to the Boys and Girls Club and other non-profits that can change the local communities.
Ronda C. Cotroneo - Graduate of the School of Law at Wake Forest and Seton Hall Univ. She currently works as an adjunct
professor teaching Family Law at Farleigh Dickinson Univ. Rhonda has served as past president of the Passaic County Bar Association. She also volunteers her professional skills in representing victims of domestic abuse. She is a mother, wife and daughter; long time resident the town of Ringwood of Passaic county and is very much eager to serve as Freeholder.
John Bartlett – Graduate of Brown University and Howard Law School.He also volunteers his time to help non-profi ts, businesses, struggling families and Residents with legal matters. John is a chairman of Passaic County Parks. He is a husband, father, and son and lives in the town of Wayne, NJ. John believes that he can make a difference at the county level.
Now for a flash look at the now seated REPUBLICANS:
Freeholder Michael Marott a is a 24-year employee of the Passaic Valley Water Commission. Mike currently serves as manager of construction and maintenance. He is a former Shop Steward and Executive Committ ee Member of CWA Local # 1032. Married to the former Denise Yodice of Totowa, Mike and Denise have three children. Mike is a lifelong
resident of Passaic County.
Freeholder Edward O’Connell has resided in Wanaque for 37-years, and in 1993 he founded Ed O’Connell Construction. That same year, Ed became a member of the Wanaque Fire Department. Ed was appointed to the Wanaque Council in 2001, and he has served as Chairman of various committees. Mr. O’Connell has also served as a member of the Wanaque Board of Adjustment. He is married to Terri and they have one daughter and one son.
Freeholder Deborah Ciambrone has lived in Passaic County since 1967 and currently resides in Wayne. Debbie holds a bachelors Degree from Stonehill College and a Masters Degree in Social Science from William Paterson University. A school teacher with the Bloomingdale school district for 38 years, Ms. Ciambrone served as a delegate to the NJEA Delegate Assembly. Nominated for the Governor’s Recognition Award in 2008 and 2009, Debbie served as President of the Bloomingdale Teachers Association since 2000. Ms. Ciambrone was named twice to the prestigious Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She has retired after 41 years of teaching. Married for 36 years, she has one daughter.