Tales from the Trail – A Public Servant Who Cares

carenOnce again on a hot August night (which you can surely tell from the picture), I had the honor to canvass a Linwood neighborhood with our current Freeholder Caren Fitzpatrick.  Needless to say, it was easy accompanying Caren around her neighborhood.  I was so impressed with the way she relates to her constituents and really cares about their issues.  While we were walking and before we would approach a house, she would have a background story for the resident — “I think this is my vet’s house.  She saved my dog’s life” or “They are new in the neighborhood and just had a baby” or “Mr. ***** has a hard time walking so let’s give him a chance to come to the door.”  We should all strive to know our neighbors so well!  We talked to a retired couple that had real concerns about the taxes in Linwood as well as many residents who are simply concerned about the direction our country is headed.  As they say, all politics are local and our current Freeholder board is a reflection of our national leaders – satisfied to keep quiet on issues affecting women, immigrants and students.  I am not satisfied and will not keep quiet!  I will be proud and honored to serve alongside such a caring woman as Caren Fitzpatrick.  She is a great mentor and I am excited for the chance to work with her for the people of Atlantic County.

Author: Maureen Leidy

I am a proud resident of Ventnor and a member of the Ventnor Democrats and the South Jersey Democratic Women’s Forum. I am a single mother of four adult children, and grandmother to seven. When I am not working, I’m either calling my congressmen, signing petitions or marching in the streets. When I was approached to run, my inclination was to decline, but my daughter bluntly told me, “Put your money where your mouth is. If you don’t run, you are a hypocrite.” As much as I hated to admit it, she was right. So I am running to give a voice to those Atlantic County residents, who, like myself live paycheck to paycheck; who have struggled with the disease of addiction in their family; who have nowhere to turn when they are facing abuse and harassment. I am running to keep our beaches clean and our roads free of flooding. I am running to ensure your children and grandchildren can go to school without fear and receive a quality education. I am running so that my daughters and yours have access to Planned Parenthood. I am running so that all of us, male or female, are treated fairly and paid equally in the workplace. I know it’s an uphill battle, but I’ve always been a fighter. I will fight for your vote and I will fight for the ideals and values that the people of Atlantic County believe in – a safe, affordable community that we are proud to call home.

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